Review: Underdog - Niall Bingham - at ROOM 70 Juta

Underdog - an intervention by Niall Bingham

The event last night was the unveiling of an artwork that has taken on a life of its own, having fought to get displayed in the right atmosphere and location. A number of galleries baulked at the idea in the wake of that waste of space and needless "The Spear". Its just a fucking penis why do all other artists have to suffer for one artists schlock?

Nialls work last night was a single massive self portrait in the style of Michelangelo's David. I know virtually nothing about artists techniques (which perhaps is a sign that I shouldnt be critiquing them) so I'll describe what I saw. The portrait, a nude as previously mentioned, is a linocut print on cotton rag paper and displayed such a beautiful and accurate representation that I couldnt quite believe that people have that much skill. I truly dont understand how people represent something so accurately, and in this case with such passion.

The Portrait, although in the style of the David, was for me a very real self portrait of how I see Niall. An inner calm and serenity that is at times hidden.

Projected onto the floor was a time lapse of the piece in production, a fascinating and wonderful insight into the movement behind the work, the rough dance of an artist at work.

Niall almost told me what the piece was about, but I prefer to have my own ideas and feelings about it and when you go I hope that your own imaginations run wild with speculation.

This show opened on Wednesday eve at Room with a quiet dignity and modesty, a sense of calm that IU was not expecting. I am friends with Niall so I might be a touch biased with regards to this review.

However if it was shit I would just not write about it.

Underdog runs until the 4th of August.

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Comment by alexandra avgitidis on July 27, 2012 at 19:15

Thanks for sharing:)Will definitely go take a look.

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