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Thursday 27 January 2022

My Mother, Blessed and Cursed with Sons

22 April 2022 - 5 June 2022

My Mother, Blessed and Cursed with Sons

Jonathan McBurnie

Jonathan McBurnie, MAXIMUM GRIEF, 2021, Ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, 38 x 57cm.

Jonathan McBurnie’s latest body of drawings and mixed-media work draws parallels between the constructed worlds of art and pro-wrestling. The two ostensibly disparate idioms share the willing mental or physical sacrifice of one’s own self as fuel for the artistic act and the presentation of constructed versions of the self, and both present a massive index of jargon and industry-specific terms. Over 200 amassed works will explore the paradoxes, nuances and humour of wrestling in McBurnie’s signature style.

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