Is Tony Blair one of the blind leading the blind?
Saddam has fallen. Tony carries on regardless (he believes he can see
the way forward). Bush continues to have that vacant stare (is it
"blind faith" or is he the puppet president for Global
Companies?). Chirac made pretences for peace with Iraqi contracts in his
back pocket. Putin isn't sure of who to follow and Kofi Anan, with eyes
closed, trails behind not knowing where the others will lead him?
These are the so-called global leaders. Who is blind?
Duffy and Goldsborough have reinterpreted Bruegel's 16th century
masterpiece of "The Parable of the Blind leading the Blind"
which exposed the folly of un-scrutinised belief. They have found its
resonance in today's political climate and by doing so have successfully
questioned our understanding of the current political crisis. They go
beyond the war in Iraq and ask us to re-access who is leading who, for
what purpose and to what effect?
Duffy conceived of the idea and directed the painting at every stage.
He searched for an artist, who had the skills and knowledge to
faithfully reproduce Bruegel's original painting and came to collaborate
with Goldsborough. By replacing Bruegel's original band of blind with
the six global leaders of our time and faithfully reproducing all other
visual elements of the original, Duffy and Goldsborough not only created
a painting of importance but also unearthed and re-instated a dying and
unfashionable art, that of realist painting.
The painting, which is both skill-fully crafted and politically
loaded, is part of a series of projects at 340 Old Street which comment
on present and historical situations and challenges the limitations of
contemporary art today.
"Fundamental to this project is to reassert 'traditional
painting' within contemporary fine art culture. Realist painting might
be forgotten within "Brit Art" but it isn't dead, it maintains
the power to communicate and communication is never out of
fashion." Terry Duffy
- Further information:
- 340 Old Street is a project space to
question, challenge and progressively contribute to contemporary art
- Terry Duffy (www.terryduffy.info)
is the owner and Director of 340 Old Street and an artist with a
national and international reputation that spans 25 years.
- 340 Old St, London EC1V 9D www.340oldstreet.com