The Bottom of the Butt Tastes Better after Wine (2015)
Horan’s blown glass-cigarette filled drinking vessels conceptually run parallel to previous sculptural works exploring the juxtaposition of beauty and the abject. Interested in a trompe l’oeil of the everyday readymade, these delicate domesticated sculptures depict something that is throw away, ephemeral and used, but created in the most bespoke way, using a fragile and complicated material. The borrowing of capitalist motifs runs throughout her practice and here the cigarettes represent the notion of a globalised, conglomerate company such as Philip Morris, who mass produce a toxic ephemeral throwaway product. Horan turns this on its head through her intricate production and attention to material detail.
Phillipa Horan (b.Isle of White, UK) lives and works in London, having studied at Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has exhibited internationally with an upcoming show in Marfa Ballroom Texas (2016). Selected solo shows include; Home Show curated by Asad Raza, New York (2015), Hairboy, VITRINE, London (2014), Rachmaninoff’s, London (2011); Take everthing I have then leave, Wonderlorch-kellerland, Berlin (2010); Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2007); and Dicksmith, London (2004). Select group exhibitions include: Hydra School project on the Saronic island, Greece (2013); Tarot, curated by Andrew Hunt, Hayward Gallery, London (2011); Peeping Tom at KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2011); Transzendenz Inc at Autocenter, Berlin (2009).
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