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Black Heaven (Nite Time)

Black Heaven (Nite Time)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Mixed Media, 2012
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 56cm x W 55cm

Critical Review

Explaining his interest in the aestheticization of medicine Hirst has said: ‘People have confidence in medicine. I noticed they were looking at shiny colours and bright shapes and nice white coats and cleanliness and they were going right - this is going to be my saviour, except they weren’t reading the side-effects. There seems to be a lot of trickery going on. I think art is a hell of a lot better for you than medicine, in the long run. You don’t get a long list of side-effects – or maybe you do.’

The depiction of medical pills in this photographic and therefore highly realistic way provides the print with an allusion of straightforward sterility, however the themes of mortality, addiction and the human condition that lie beneath the surface make this print both complex and mysterious.