Friday, July 16, 2010

Harrier and Jaguar: compelling and disturbing

On the way back yesterday from a [very good] FX meeting in London I called in to Tate Britain to see the Harrier and Jaguar commission by Fiona Banner.  The Sea Harrier is hung from the roof, nose less than a metre from the ground. The Jaguar, coated in stunning silver, lies belly up on the floor. They look stunning, even beautiful, and of course powerful.  But perhaps there's a resistance to their power in the way they have been displayed, hung like a dead bird, beached like a dead whale. This is well worth seeing. [PS although photography is not usually allowed in Tate Britain they seem to be making an exception for this work]

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