Spartacus Chetwynd


24. February 2007  – 22. April 2007

Featuring artworks by:
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

The British artist Spartacus Chetwynd, also known as Lali Chetwynd (born 1973, in London where she now lives and works), has become known for her baroque and surreal performances, which are charged with humorous image quotations from art history, melded with pop culture references. In the performance “An Evening with Jabba the Hutt” (2003) Chetwynd gives centre stage to the figure and merciless slave trader from the film series “Star Wars” (1977/1980/1983), and gives him the chance to repair his sleazy reputation by hosting a night on world politics. In the tradition of the grotesque, she combines elements from Giotto’s frescoes, characters from Hieronymus Bosch, or Yves Klein’s “Anthropometries” (1960) with heavy metal music, Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller” (1984), or the 1980s TV series “The Incredible Hulk”. Chetwynd will present a new installative performance production for the migros museum für gegenwartskunst.


Curated by Raphael Gygax

List of works

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Walk to Dover

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Walk to Dover
Single-channel video on monitor or projection (color, sound)
11:33 min.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Delirious New York

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Delirious New York
3 parts: each ca. 180 x 60 x 100 cm

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: The Fall of Man, A Puppet Extravaganza

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

The Fall of Man, A Puppet Extravaganza
Cardboard, glue, paper, plastic tubes, sand bags, spotlights
Dimensions variable

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Cardboard, fabric, latex, fake fur, plastic
5 parts: dimensions variable

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Animal Audience (Born Free)

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Animal Audience (Born Free)
Fake fur, plastic, latex, cardboard, paint, cloths, Hula-hoops
Dimensions variable

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Cousin Itt

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Cousin Itt
Hair, cloth, glue, hat
80 x 50 x 60 cm

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Erotics and Beastiality
Hula-Hoops, cloth, pipe cleaners
Dimensions variable

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Jabba The Hutt

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Jabba The Hutt
2 bags, latex skin, plastic, cardboard, structure, 2 sets of eyes
Dimensions variable

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: Owl and Pussy Cat

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Owl and Pussy Cat
Paper-mach, paint
2 parts: 125 x 170 x 80 cm; 150 x 130 x 130cm

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd: The Hell Mouth

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

The Hell Mouth
Cardboard, glue, wood
Dimensions variable

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