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The Guide: A GOOD LOOK: SKYE SHERWIN ON THE MONTH IN POP CULTURE VISUALS: KATY PERRY AND SNAILS

May 31, 2014



MISS VIOLENCE POSTER Turning people into pieces on a board game, this aerial architecture photography evokes artist Sarah Morris's films, where modernist cities' clean-cut geometries frame and control unruly urban life.

NICK ABRAHAMS - LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS Nick Abrahams pays tribute to his musical collaborator, the humble snail, in this gently mock-heroic portrait (his new exhibition is accompanied by a seven-inch single which samples the sound

of a snail eating). It places him

in a long tradition of eccentric English Romanticism, finding objects of wonder in overlooked, everyday corners.

THE FRESH & ONLYS - HOUSE OF SPIRITS This chicken

in a Robert Morris-style mirrored cube nods to Damien Hirst's animal minimalism, colliding clinical manmade surfaces with the mysterious, messy forces of life and death.

MARK RYDEN - KATY APHRODITE The doll-like Katy Perry is the perfect subject for Ryden's eerie style, recalling the hallucinogenic exacting detail of early Renaissance landscapes, Margaret Keane's saucer-eyed kids and the Bratz fashion dolls.

THE ROOTS - AND THEN YOU SHOOT YOUR COUSIN Hip-hop band the Roots send up western modernism's fear of "the other" in a brilliant play on Picasso's African period. Their collaged features recall the brutal mask-like faces

in Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

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Source: Guardian (UK)


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