Australian artist turnes mega stars U2 into 13 centimetre figures
By Andrea Clarke
An Australian artist has turned mega stars U2 into 13 centimetre figures for his new exhibition based on the titles of the Irish bandâ€™s songs.
Alasdair Macintyre, who is based in Brisbane, saw the rockers in concert last year and was inspired to create his latest diorama, aptly named Elevation.
“It was sublimeâ€, he said of the gig.
â€œOccasionally in life I had what I call God moments. The previous time I felt it was at the Bill Viola [The Passions] exhibition at the National Gallery â€¦Of course, it’s a different sort of God moment when you’ve got 40,000 people around youâ€.
Each piece in the exhibition is named after a U2 song, including Staring at the Sun, (Stay), Faraway So Close and The Pursuit of Happiness.
The U2 diorama shows the band on a stage, Bono wearing his trademark cow boy hat and The Edge complete with his beanie watering the nose of American artist Jeff Koonsâ€™ famous floral puppy.
â€œI like doing pieces with pop culture figures in themâ€, said Macintyre. â€œI wanted to do something with Bonoâ€.
He chose Koonsâ€™ Puppy for the piece because he wanted to merge the icons of the art and pop world together.
He said: â€œKoons was talking about how Puppy communicates love, in that smooth way he talks.
â€œAnd in the doco he climbed a ladder inside Puppy and said, ‘Now I’m ascending into the sacred heart of Jesus’ â€¦ I take his patter with a grain of salt. But I love his work.
“I like playing with the whole art world situation, where we have these prominent figuresâ€.
Alasdair Macintyre’s Elevation is at Sullivan+Strumpf, Gurner Street, Paddington,Sydney from August 28.
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