Trump Burger II. The 'Life Burger' series of sculptures use a totem structure of a burger with high status fillings: classic cars, watches, airplanes, money and trophy women. Although drawing on my own background and personal history, these items are universal symbols that explore the history of patronage, in particular the curious relationship that has always existed in art between earthly dominion and the idea of spiritual protector...For some, world leaders, influential celebrities and wealthy art collectors can be directors of our life destinies and akin to gods on the material plane. Yet there is often a darker dimension to this relationship, something art critic Shana Nys Drabrot wrote in her article in whitehot magazine earlier this year when she said that "The Life Burgers are an illustration of how the initial appeal of beauty might give way to a darker meaning over time". It is this paradox that I hope to capture with this body of work. This sculpture can be seen, along with other Life Burgers from October 3 to November 3 at St. Stephen Walbrook church in London.
Art Licks Weekend 2017: Finding Solutions || Holly Willats
Commencing this Thursday, @ArtLicks Weekend collaborates with artist-led spaces and independent projects across London to celebrate the contribution early career artists and curators make to the capital. To mark its fifth anniversary, the festival is themed for the first time with the title: Finding Solutions. Rents and costs have rocketed, studio provision plummeted and funding has been severely cut. In these situations it is important to find positive solutions and supportive communities, which the festival programme aims to highlight. (Launch event: 28 September, 6-9pm)