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'Booze Britain' and 'English Scene' exhibited in Subversive Design 2014.

Livingstone, Andrew (2014) 'Booze Britain' and 'English Scene' exhibited in Subversive Design 2014. [Artefact]

Item Type: Artefact


'The English Scene' is a social commentary that simultaneously reinforces both contemporary and historical locations. The use of the familiar plate titled 'The English Scene' constructs a narrative that acknowledges contemporary observations surrounding the issue of immigration. The work also frames an historical connection to the import of china ware into Europe. The figures contain a duel representation where they project an association to both the import of cargoes of china in the past and also the mimetic representation of the human figure through the porcelain figurine. Reference is made to the anonymous containers that covertly carry immigrants - these are offered as glass vitrine - visible and exposed to view.

'Booze Britain' Porcelain, decal and gold lustre

From high fashion to high street consumerism, cheeky ceramics to controversial chairs, provocative lamps to ‘rubbish’ jewellery, this major exhibition subverts your preconceptions and challenges your relationship with objects you use on a daily basis.

Subversive Design explores how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them, playing with form, function and materials to create objects that provoke and amuse. For over 200 years craft and design have been used to engage and challenge political and social issues in both obvious and more hidden ways.

The exhibition includes work by a wide range of designers and makers, including Alexander McQueen, David Shrigley, Studio Job, Philippe Starck, Grayson Perry, Richard Slee, Campana Brothers, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery.

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Image (JPEG) (English Scene)

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Image (JPEG) (English Scene detail)

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