The Birth of Consistency by Angus Fairhurst

The Birth of Consistency by Angus Fairhurst

The Birth of Consistency
2004
Sculpture
Bronze, stainless steel
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

One of a series of bronze works from the mid-2000s featuring stylized gorillas in absurd scenarios, “The Birth of Consistency” makes no attempt to render a realistic gorilla, merely a recognizable one. Fairhurst portrays the gorilla looking at its reflection in a pool simultaneously pulling the pool towards itself emulating the mythological Narcissus. Seemingly Fairhurst is making comments on the narcissism of the art world and artists.

Angus Fairhurst

Angus Fairhurst
Young British Artists, Installation Art, Performance Art, Conceptual Art
Born: 4 October 1966, Kent, UK
Nationality: British
Died: 29 March 2008, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Fairhurst was an artist working in installation, photography, and video. The ‘quiet man’ of the Young British Artists his sophisticated and understated practice reveals an artist interested in poignant meditations on life, individual experiences, and society. His work has been overshadowed by his suicide but his creations investigated questions of self-awareness, his own life, and vanity using visual cues including animals and magazine images.

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