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THATCHER

ANGEL OF HISTORY. I CAN SEE FOR MILES


2.6 x 15M digital print for the railway bridge that spans Southend-on-Sea’s pedestrianised high street.


Commissioned public artwork
Focal Point Gallery, Southend
12 Sept - 22 Oct 2011

Meryl Streep looks out of the film Iron Lady at Margaret Thatcher who has died while watching the film. Margaret Thatcher has turned into her own private ‘crystal image'. As the light plays across her prone body, alone in her room she has now become a kind of object, an art work. This might fulfil the criteria for an installation.MARGARET THATCHER'S EYES
BENJAMIN'S ANGEL OF HISTORY LOOKING BACK
BATAILLE'S SOLAR ANUS
I CAN SEE FOR MILES


 
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Invitation poster (above).


 
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  TEXT WRITTEN TO COINCIDE WITH THE INSTALLATION

'DEAR LIVING PERSON II. STORY OF THE EYES'
By John Russell
Mute Magazine, 14 September, 2011

As the image of Margaret Thatcher circulates through the media ecology, John Russell's public art work in Southend-on-Sea works to redirect its affective charge. The Iron Lady, stable signifier for straight-jacketed social relations, becomes a fecund sump in which to grow new forms-of-life. Here he discusses his latest work while delectating Maggie's corpse

 
 

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  Review by PAUL O'KANE
'John Russell 'Angel of History: I Can See for Miles'
Focal Point Gallery , Southend Essex, UK. Current Offsite Project.
12 September to 22 October 2011
Unpublished
 
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  Green [Ocean Pose], 2007. Detail.