ARTIST DONAL STURT'S DEBUT DEMOCRATISES THE PROCESS OF CREATING ART

Artist Donal Sturt's debut democratises the process of creating art
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ARTIST DONAL STURT'S DEBUT DEMOCRATISES THE PROCESS OF CREATING ART



Written by Jack Gay
28 Tuesday 28th November 2017

Now by Me.’ by autodidactic artist Donal Sturt stakes a claim for the gutsiest debut show in London. Newcomer Sturt’s inaugural solo exhibition sees the artist hold a mirror up to contemporary society’s attitudes towards art. ‘Now by Me.’, which is having it’s private view on the 30th November, sees Sturt reinterpreting, or reproducing works by widely recognised artists such as Pablo Picasso, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst through the predominant use of computer programs.

Sturt has frequently removed the detail within the iconic works he has copied, leaving just the core colours and general feeling, making them both highly controversial as well as highly consumable in an age in which there is a demand for quantity over quality. Sturt has not just reproduced these pieces with this ethos, rather: the individual works inform how he has copied them.

Now by Me.’ raises questions about the legitimacy of traditions which were once seemingly inextricably bound to the experience of art. Through the use of computer programmes, with a style reminiscent of Microsoft Paint. Sturt has democratised the process of creating art, whilst also questioning the necessity for first person interaction with the material works. Why go to a gallery if the works are identical on your screen? This is not to say, however, that ‘Now by Me.’ is worth missing. The works themselves are impressive in the flesh, and Sturt’s use of paints and lacquer add an interesting dimension to the work, which cannot be experienced on a screen.

It was Picasso who once said that “Good artists copy; great artists steal”. In ‘Now by Me’, Sturt has shamelessly pillaged. Does this make him a great artist, or merely a plucky creative vying to be the London art world’s new enfant terrible?

 

The Private View takes place on 30th November 18.30 – 20.30

The show runs from 1 – 14 December, 9.30-17.30 by appointment

@ Sarabande Foundation

22 Hertford Road

London

N1 5SH

RSVP: nowbymeshow@gmail.com

Insta: @donalsturt

 

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