Saya Irie "Every popular thing is beautiful"

Exhibition : 25 July - 10 August 2013
Opening Party : Thursday 25 July, 6pm - 9pm
Workshop : Saturday 27 July, 2pm - 3:30pm for elementary school students (RSVP) Admission:£5

Tue to Fri : 12:00 - 18:00
Sat & Sun : 12:00 - 17:000

It was indeed Andy Warhol who said that "Everything is beautiful. Pop is everything." However, in market economy, the more popular it is, the more demand there is, and ultimately the more expensive it will be. Historical figures, have been depicted as portraits, and for the purpose of increasing trust and value for currency, they have been selected for the design of paper money and printed on paper money to finally become a part of "beauty". Saya Irie reversed this process by attempting to make portraits which are a symbol of beauty back to its three-dimensional form. It may be possible that the elaborately completed works value more than the original bills as art works.

Artist : Saya Irie (b.1983; Okayama Japan)

2008 Foreign exchange student at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Berlin German
2009 BFA, Hiroshima City University, Faculty of Art

Rubber dust workshop : Saturday 27 July, 2pm - 3:30pm

A workshop to create small sculptures using rubber dust formed by erasing images.
For elementary school students only. Maximum 10 students RSVP :
Admission : £5

Artist Profile

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