|'For the Love of God'|
Damien Hirst has his first major retrospective at the Tate Modern, London & getting an opportunity to see the development of his work and experience some of his most well known pieces first hand was quite a spectacle.
Damien is quite the showman, his pieces demand your attention either through sheer 'bling' as in 'For the Love of God' (2007) a skull encrusted in diamonds or shock as in his well known shark suspended in formaldehyde 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' (1991).
In rooms 5&6 'In and Out of Love' where you get to experience live butterflies around you & in my case landing on you was one of the highlights. Truthfully, the standouts for me were his series of stainless steel medicine cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals 'Lullaby'.The themes of life & death as well as beauty & horror are highlighted, dualities that are present in much of Damien's work. Interesting and thought provoking & on occassion beautiful exhibition.
|'Lullaby' the seasons|
Beauty and the inherent fragility of life as seen in his use of the butterflies.
|'Sympathy in White Major - Absolution II'|
|'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living'|