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Damien Hirst: Ethisterone - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Woodcut, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 13cm x W 13cm

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Critical Review

The cold repetition and sterile aesthetic of the 40 Woodcut Spots series is reminiscent of Hirst’s early pill cabinet works such as The Void from 2000. Both works evoke a sense of endless sameness and directly allude to the realms of medicine and science. Indeed, the chemical name of each print in this series evokes a nondescript powder or pill that is abstract in its scientific mode.

The formulaic compositions of the 40 Woodcut Spots series explore the boundaries between aesthetics and science and are based in Hirst’s fascination with colour combinations and harmony. Not only this, but this almost mathematic way of structuring his compositions in the 40 Woodcut Spots series works to create visually complex works that become difficult to decipher from one another. The 40 Woodcut Spots series embodies Hirst’s artistic oeuvre that interrogates the intersections between the scientific and the artistic that are wrongly assumed to be oppositional in contemporary culture.

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