Artwork of the Week – Jota Castro

c. Jota Castro

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Liverpool artwork of the week 2010-7. Jota Castro ‘Monumenta Copenhagen’ (a.k.a Monument to Global Constipation), 2010, plastic tubing, string, toilet rolls, 800cm height and 11cm diameter. In Spasticus Artisticus at Ceri Hand gallery 15 January – 27 February 2010

Simple but effective. An 8 metre high tower of toilet rolls, I like it.
I have to admit though, this is one exhibition I haven’t actually seen yet, hoping to get there this week. It looks really interesting. As always, there is plenty of information on the Ceri Hand Gallery website.

Spasticus Artisticus
Curated by Jota Castro &
Christian Viveros-Faune
15 January – 27 February 2010

Including Artists:

Jota Castro (FR/PE), Andres Bedoya (BO), The Bruce High Quality Foundation (USA), Graham Dolphin (UK), Rainer Ganahl (AT), Kate Gilmore (USA), Goldiechiari (IT), S. Mark Gubb (UK), Patrick Hamilton (CL), Ciprian Homorodean (RO), Simona Homorodean (RO), Rebecca Lennon (UK), Alban Muja (KO), Abigail Reynolds (UK), Guy Richards Smit (USA), Mauro Vignando (IT), Charlie Woolley (UK)

The title for Ceri Hand Gallery’s inaugural 2010 exhibition is taken from the song “Spasticus Autisticus,” penned by the legendary Ian Dury of the band Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
Wikipedia records the following entry about “Spasticus Autisticus”:

“Spasticus Autisticus” was actually written in 1981 for the International Year of Disabled Persons. It was a cross between a battle cry and an appeal for understanding. The song’s title was deliberately provocative, as the word Spastic (a name for sufferers of cerebral palsy) was becoming taboo in Britain, due to its use as a derogatory term. Despite the fact that Dury was himself disabled (from polio, rather than cerebral palsy), the BBC deemed it offensive to polite sensibilities and denied it airplay, only confirming the validity of Dury’s uncompromising lyrics.”

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