Who Do You Think You Are? - Anthony Peskine : The Wasp Room

Who Do You Think You Are?

Anthony Peskine

The Wasp Room is pleased to present ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the first UK exhibition by Parisian artist Anthony Peskine.

Adopting and adapting the visual languages of advertising campaigns and with a keen sense of the absurd, Peskine’s work is concerned with the predicament of the loser, and how promises are rarely fulfilled.

Peskine seeks to satirise the way in which aspiration and hope are exploited as a manipulative device. He uses his own disappointment and disillusionment to drive a varied artistic practice that ranges from painting and photography, to text pieces, video works and installations.

Offering humorous alternatives to insincere pledges and conceited slogans, mocking intangible fears and superficial aspirations fed by media sensationalism, Peskine’s previous work has included large painted recreations of vouchers printed on ticket stubs which had offered “mega savings of 50p”, and a series of street-based interventions in which he adapted billboard slogans, including a political campaign by Nicolas Sarkozy, adding his own message “ou pas” (or not); rendering their ‘guarantees’ contentious and putting their artificial optimism in jeopardy.

Peskine’s sharp, sarcastic critiques, though cynical and perhaps even childish at times, offer a strategy to fight disappointment; advocating humour as an effective escape philosophy.

For ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, Peskine will be exhibiting a selection of recent works and new pieces, including the deadpan installation ‘My Weight in Potato Crisps’ and a series of manipulated photo works with bizarre and prophetic narratives.

'Who Do You Think You Are?' has been kindly sponsored by Crips crisps & Nottingham Brewery. The Wasp Room is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Dates & More

April 30th - May 17th 2009
Private View: April 28th 2009, 6-8pm

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Download the accompanying text, 'Mass Exodus 3'

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Review by Kashif Chaudry. "Peskine however, does not choose to consume in such a manner but takes a more tangential approach. Glancing at the world from a wry angle, his vision offers a playful, surreal and somewhat idiotic survey of the times in which we live. His 2009 installation ‘My Weight in Potato Crisps’ for example, a mound of unopened crisp packets, keenly ridicules the adage ’you are what you eat’ but hints also at a darker meaning; of an unbound consumerism of gluttony and excess."

Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England

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