On the Radar Damien Hirst - Two Weeks One Summer
23rd May 2012

Damien Hirst - Two Weeks One Summer

AUTHOR The Milk Maid
23rd May - 8th July 2012, White Cube, Bermondsey

While the much hyped Damien Hirst retrospective at the Tate Modern continues until september, featuring his best known and most iconic pieces, another exhibition at White Cube, Bermondsey coincides.

I attend the preview of Two Weeks One Summer last night, to see the curation of paintings on which Hirst began work in the summer of 2010.


Photo: Damien Hirst, Two Parrots with Grotesque Baby 2010
Oil on canvas © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012.
Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd Courtesy White Cube

In conversation with Michael Craig Martin for the Tate catalogue earlier this year, Hirst said..."The void of painting is always a difficult thing. It's infinite really. There's no gravity in painting, so it's even more infinite than space." With sketchy perspective lines, Hirst has manage to add dimension and anchor the subjects included in his paintings, which could be seen as traditional still life - arranged objects on intimate size canvases.

Objects include mundane household items; a pair of scissors, a pepper grinder, jugs, arranged amongst articles that reference his infamous modern art. Shark jaws, body parts in bell jars or foetuses pickled in formaldehyde are soften by nature; butterflies, parrots, magpies and orchids. It seems Hirst has mixed the mundane with the poignant and then the beautiful in his series of paintings that at first glance appear traditional but closer inspection reveals the true Hirst sentiment and process.


I attended the preview of Damien Hirst, Two Weeks One Summer, at White Cube, Bermondsey courtesy of Peroni in celebration of their first app Vivi in Stile. Download the app from iTunes, available now.