Russell Maurice – The Pilgrim

Fluorescent Smogg are proud to present an exhibition of works to celebrate the launch of a new Bronze edition, The Pilgrim, by Russell Maurice.

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Like many of his objects, Maurice’s 20cm Bronze cast of a bindle (a stick and fabric bundle bag) initially emerged from an Alchemic symbol. This then travelled through his cosmic comic treatment… and came out walking.

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The Pilgrim is not alone. He stands amidst other tearful creatures, set within a landscape of otherworldliness: Still still-lives, bits of bits of Coral. Fulgurite Golems. Bleached smurf bottle stoppers. Old boots. Gravestones. Candlesticks. Lightning… Somewhere on his journey.

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The Pilgrim shows Maurice’s continuing use of the ragged, the scrappy, of cut-out o!cuts not just clean canvases: more hobo than highbrow. But what might seem like a slippery slope towards Pop Art is in fact a continuation of the mystical and pan-psychic themes of birth, death and rebirth: The continuation of the themes that preoccupy Maurice’s current art practice. The use of the comic, though, retains some tongue in cheek playfulness in Maurice’s work.

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