Photos by G. Art by Damien Hirst.
A good friend of mine (who is an artist) and I were recently discussing the concept of art and his view was that art is an on-going conversation in the universal mind. To that end, certain artists produce work that adds to the conversation while others make art that does not. Love or hate Damien Hirst, it’s undeniable that his work adds to the conversation. “Medicine Cabinets” at L&M Arts in New York is the second exhibition from Damien Hirst that I’ve seen in person and I love watching people’s reactions to his work. They are strong and dramatic.
Assembled together for the first time are Damien Hirst’s “Sex Pistols Cabinets” from 1989 where every medicine cabinet is named after a song from the Sex Pistols’ debut album “Never Mind the Bollocks.” Similar to the way the Sex Pistols changed music with their album, Damien Hirst changed art when these works were introduced. There is no denying that the juxtaposition of simplicity with complication in the cabinets is anything but “pretty vacant,” to quote the Sex Pistols track.