Giant Shit Bursts in Hong Kong

Paul McCarthy's 'Complex Pile' installed in Kowloon
Paul McCarthy’s ‘Complex Pile’ installed in West Kowloon, Hong Kong
McCarthy's Pile, deflated
The Pile, deflated

Paul McCarthy’s giant, 15.5 metre high inflatable shit, a.k.a. ‘Complex Pile’ was recently installed in a park in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.  The work was part of an inflatable sculpture exhibition organised by M+, a new visual culture museum set to open on the site in 2017.  The show has taken an unexpected turn, however, with extreme weather conditions causing the scatological sculpture to burst.  “A small hole was discovered on the surface of the piece. We are doing our best to fix it and hopefully we can inflate the artwork as soon as possible,” said a spokeswoman for the West Kowloon Cultural District.

This isn’t the first time McCarthy’s shit has caused trouble.  In 2008 the Pile brought down a power line and smashed the window of a children’s home when it broke its moorings outside the Paul Klee Centre in Berne.

(Check out the other inflatable works in the M+ show here).

Giant Shit Bursts in Hong Kong

2013 Turner Prize Finalists Announced


The four finalists for this year’s Turner Prize were announced yesterday.  The shortlist includes Tino Sehgal for his Tate Turbine Hall commission, Laure Prouvost for her diaorama-like installation at Whitechapel Gallery, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her first major painting exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery and LOL fave, David Shrigley for his retrospective at Hayward Gallery. So good to see a healthy dose of humour in some of the work by this year’s nominees. The winner will be announced on December 2nd.

Above: Guardian art critic Adrian Searle and artist Laure Prouvost discuss her Turner Prize nominated Whitechapel show.

2013 Turner Prize Finalists Announced

Jarman’s Broken English


How is it that Leg of Lamb has only just discovered Derek Jarman’s ode to Marianne Faithful’s 1979 album Broken English?!  Made in the same year as the album’s release, the short, 12 minute film features 3 songs from the record:   ‘Witches’ Song’, ‘The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’ and ‘Broken English’ accompanied by a mix of found footage superimposed with strange, ritualistic scenarios and clips of the singer – imagery made all the more haunting given Faithfull’s contemporaneous descent into addiction.

Jarman’s Broken English

Dennis Hopper at Gagosian

Dennis Hopper, 'Neil Young in Desert Shot', 1961-67
Dennis Hopper, ‘Neil Young in Desert Shot’, 1961-67

Best-known as a director and actor, Dennis Hopper was also an accomplished artist, as evidenced by the major 2010 LA MOCA exhibition Dennis Hopper: Double Standard (the first show under Jeffrey Dietch’s directorship) that sadly opened just after Hopper’s death.   Three years on, a series of photographs by Hopper that hasn’t been seen since 1970 is about to go on display at Gagosian in New York.  The exhibition contains over 200 images from Hopper’s Lost Album; a series documenting late 1960s American counter culture and iconic figures like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Neil Young (above).  Hopper’s photographs are generally uncropped and feature only natural light, lending the images a brooding, moody quality.  He’s got quite an eye. All of the photographs were taken with a 28mm Nikon given to the artist by his first wife in 1967.  Hopper didn’t pick up a camera again until the early 1980s.

Dennis Hopper at Gagosian