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Tisdale & Murrell present

Exhibit A

Until Sunday 29 January 2017
Mezzanine Gallery

In a nutshell

An exhibition concerning ideas of celebrity, nobility, notoriety, indifference and ignorance...

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Beginning with the concept of celebrity, and its opposite, notoriety, the artists explore the forms in which these qualities can be presented to the public. These qualities can be found in many areas of human activity - politics, art, music, literature, the media, sport, science, criminality, and martyrdom.

The artists looked at the cheap cardboard masks available at tourist hotspots, of personalities such as Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams, the Queen and Madonna, and then considered the characters who would never be offered as masks due to considerations of political correctness, taste and commercial non-viability. But what if those obvious restraints were ignored?

Dan has an astonishing facility for portraiture. The cutting out and flattening of these faces in itself creates a new reality, and the punching out of the eyes furthers the removal of the two-dimensional representation from the original subject.

The results are very striking, often disturbing, and the juxtaposition of heroes and villains, perpetrators and victims, entertainers and psychopaths, create a jarring dissonance in the viewer.  

What to Expect

Life-size masks are presented in identical, deep box-frames, reminiscent of scientific specimens of preserved heads. Collectively they create a unique pantheon of good and evil.

Who's Involved

Hugh Tisdale studied at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art. In 1994, with Mark Perryman, he founded Philosophy Football, designing t-shirts, adorned with quotes from philosophers and dissenters as an alternative to the corporately branded, bri-nylon kits sold by football clubs. The business continues to flourish and its humourous, left-field shirts now celebrate numerous political causes and sports as well as football.

Dan Murrell studied at Ipswich College of Art and Bath Academy of Art. For twenty years he has worked at the New Statesman magazine, where his illustrative skills, in collaboration with art editor David Gibbons, and later under the guidance of the former Sunday Times Magazine design supremo Michael Rand, came to the fore and have taken the New Statesman’s covers to new levels of sophistication and daring.

Dan and Hugh have collaborated closely over a twenty-year period. Their first joint exhibition was at the Swan House Gallery, Harwich, in April 2016. This is their first London show.

What people are saying

'Their joint efforts are  far too little known to the wider public. I hope this exhibition gives them a wider audience.' Peter Wilby, Ed. New Statesman 1998–2005

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Dan and Hugh are drawn to Rich Mix’s commitment to diversity and progressive goals, mirroring their own interests and chosen causes. Their experience of working at Rich Mix has been especially positive.'

Things you should know

The Open House will be on Friday, 6 Jan at 6pm

Exhibition catalogues will be available to buy from Box Office for £10. 

This event is wheelchair accessible.