“Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?” is a two man exhibit of new and recent works from Damien Hirst and Michael Joo. The show runs through the middle of August at the Berlin branch of Haunch of Venison.
Damien Hirst, Temple, installation view, Haunch of Venison, 2010.
The pair of artists met twenty years ago and have been close friends and influences since. They were originally introduced in Germany and this exhibit is a return to the geographical genesis of their relationship.
Michael Joo, Tree, oak and stainless steel, 2001.
On display is a shared interest in museum scaled sculpture. The spacial demands of these works often claim attention before the content is even considered. It is a deluge of sensation not unlike staring into the sun.
Damien Hirst / Michael Joo, Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?, installation view, 2010.
The dissection and reordering of the natural world is a common thread stretched between these collaborators. The viewer gets a sense of old school victory, something has been conquered with this show. It’s good to know that if either of these guys find themselves creatively cornered, they have someone to call.
Michael Joo, M, S, G, mixed media, installation view, 2010.
Damien Hirst / Michael Joo
Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun?
1 May – 14 August 2010
Haunch of Venison