The exhibition carries on the Manchester-based artist’s concerns with appropriation of cultural, religious and political symbolism through songs featuring the word ‘baby’, starting with a large handwoven Oaxacan rug steering the viewer through a weaving video narrative of “love, then rejection, violence and finally nothing”.
Presenting a “desertscape in the structure of the brain”, the press release starts with reference to Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ and images like “the bullet vibrator as a stand-in for the body, financial envelope patterns as backdrops, and the intricate hand movements of a cleaning ritual”. All of these point to a sort of structure of the disordered brain culminating in Lennon’s own “purification via bankruptcy as a shamanic ritual.”
See the Chalton Gallery website for details.**