Friday, June 28, 2013

Damien Hirst's Large Spot Clock

If you are a contemporary art collector, no doubt you have heard of Damien Hirst before.  If you don't venture much into contemporary art scene, here's a quick 411: he is one of the biggest cheese among his contemporaries; like Andy Warhol who dominated 1970s and 1980s, Damien Hirst dominates 2000s and 2010s.  Hirst is known for a few things: formaldehyde animals in vitrines, spot paintings, medicine cabinets, and a human skull recreated in platinum and adorned with 8,601 diamonds weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. 

The Large Spot Clock is, of course, after his own spot paintings.  Hirst explains that, “mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where colour can exist on its own, interacting with other colours in a perfect format."  Hirst once said he imagined these works as depicting a kind of alternate reality covered entirely in dots.  Like all contemporary art, how you interpret his spot paintings is your own business.  Of course Damien Hirst, being as commercial as he can, came up with spot clock which you can buy on his website.  And why not?  He's just taking Andy Warholism a little bit further.  Surely Andy would have done the same if he was still around.  Don't you think?

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