Sunday, 21 June 2009

Stanley Donwood exhibits new work in Bristol ‘EL CHUPACABRA’

Stanley Donwood exhibits new work in Bristol ‘EL CHUPACABRA’

Weapon of Choice Gallery, are pleased to announce the forthcoming solo exhibition by Stanley Donwood. Opening on the 10th July (6-10pm), the new gallery space will come alive with Stanley’s latest series of artwork entitled ‘EL CHUPACABRA’.

The show features 13 fictional characters – Pandemons, which Stanley describes as feral carnivorous parasites who are feasting ingloriously on the foully smoldering remains of late-period Western consumer capitalism. Wearing suit and tie, these Pandemons represent white-collar criminal/politicians.

Stanley’s apt choice of title ‘El Chupacabra’, meaning ‘the goat sucker’ in Spanish is his response to suffering a long fixation with the horned gods and having to live amongst some of the most mendacious economic times he can remember provoking him to start making pictures of Pandemons.

“I’ve got nothing against goats. I’ve simply discovered that if I draw a goat, give it the mouth of a rapacious carnivore then dress it in the suit and tie of a disgraced banker or politician it looks fucking evil. There are thirteen Pandemons in the show called ‘el chupacabra’. Thirteen ghosts at the funeral. Thirteen spectres at the feast of the goat. Loitering on the blackened cliffs of free-market economics, cackling as they raise a glass to toast Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Augusto Pinochet. Gallons of paint I’ve poured over them to drown their snickering. But still they laugh.” Comments Stanley Donwood.

‘EL CHUPACABRA’ by Stanley Donwood runs from the 10th July – 9th August 2009, Weapon of Choice Gallery, 14 St Michael's Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DT

For further information about the exhibition please email or telephone 01179 291 865.

About Stanley Donwood
Stanley Donwood is an enigma. As the semi-official sixth member of Radiohead, his work on the group’s album and all associated artwork has gained him worldwide recognition. Since 1994, having designed all artwork from the second album ‘The Bends’ onwards, his evocative and haunting imagery has helped to create one of music’s most distinctive brands.

Stanley is also recognised as one the UK’s ‘popular contemporary’ artists and has exhibited his gallery art to an international fan base, including galleries in London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rotterdam. To view more of his artwork please visit his website

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