Damien Hirst – Love Lust Faith + Dreams art context #MARS

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DATA:

Damien Hirst

Daptomycin

2010

Acrylic and solvent based spray paint on canvas

1524 x 1930 mm | 60 x 76 in | (4 inch spot)

Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

CONTEXT:

The spot paintings are amongst Hirst’s most prolific and widely recognised works. In 1988, during the third and final stage of ‘Freeze’, Hirst painted two near-identical arrangements of coloured spots onto the wall of the warehouse. He called the works ‘Edge’ (1988) and ‘Row’ (1988). These paintings followed some loose hand-painted spots on board, dating from 1986, and the first spot work on canvas ‘Untitled (with Black Dot)’ (1988) – the only ‘Pharmaceutical’ painting ever to have incorporated a black dot. Following ‘Freeze’, Hirst started to refine his creative process. Slowly, he began to employ assistants to create the spot paintings. Any physical evidence of human intervention – such as the compass point left at the centre of each spot – was removed, until the works appeared to have been constructed mechanically, or “by a person trying to paint like a machine”.[1] For Hirst, it was a departure from years of experimenting with paint and collage, and the first result of his search for a contemporary art form that could succeed without a reliance on “already organised elements.”

There are thirteen sub-series within the spot category, each named after a category of drug. The ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings are the first and most prolific sub-series and are based on an infinite and random colour series in which no two shades are repeated within a painting. Antibiotics refer to those substances that inhibit the growth, or destroy microorganisms, particularly disease-producing bacteria. The Antibiotics series began in 2010. The individual spots are made using an acrylic and solvent-based spray paint applied with a stencil. In the same manner as the Pharmaceutical series, the bright spot colours are never repeated within the sequences of a single painting.

In 2012 Gagosian Gallery exhibited over 300 spot paintings across eleven gallery spaces worldwide. Conceived as a single exhibition, ‘The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011’ fulfilled Hirst’s longstanding ambition to show the works together. He explained in 2000, “it’s an assault on your senses. They grab hold of you and give you a good shaking. As adults, we’re not used to it. It’s an amazing fact that all objects leap beyond their own dimension.”[2]


[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’, (Faber and Faber, 2001), 90

[2] ibid., 220

(CREDITS: http://www.damienhirst.com/daptomycin )

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