BEAGLES & RAMSAY: NEW MEAT 12 June 25 July 2004 at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Wales
Beagles and Ramsay are known for their elaborate and theatrical installations which involve video, sculpture, photography and performance. Over the past seven years these installations have often centred on a number of adopted alter-egos and mutated self-portraits, and New Meat features a series of specially commissioned works that develop this longstanding preoccupation. The duo have created a further series of doppelgangers possessed with a horrific beauty and mordant humour.
Phase IV presents the artists as a chimeric mass of indistinguishable fragmented body parts. A beguiling slice of Grand Guignol, this grotesque tableau reduces the artists to tumescent lumps of meticulously rendered rotting flesh and coagulated blood.
In an accompanying installation a pair of motorised, rotating glitter-ball skulls offers a mesmeric vision, more seductive than visceral. A third self-portrait pairing, Dumbstruck, features twinned ventriloquist dummy self-portraits shown with large-format gilt framed photographs and new video performance works made for Chapter.
Beagles & Ramsay have worked collaboratively since 1997. Recent solo exhibitions include Gasworks Gallery London, YYZ Toronto and Floating IP Manchester. Group exhibitions include Zenomap at the Venice Biennale 2003, Videodrome at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and Dubl Introoder at Transmission, Glasgow. In October they will show new work at the PS1 MOMA Contemporary Art Centre, New York.
New Meat features work commissioned by Chapter and is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
A catalogue produced to coincide with the exhibition documents Beagles and Ramsays self-portrait based works made since 1997. The catalogue features texts by Patricia Ellis and Catherine Austin, and is available from Chapter priced at £4.50.
For further information please contact Hannah Firth
T: 00 44 2920311055
Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, Wales UK