Cultural Life: Polly Morgan, taxidermist
Friday 24 June 2011
Visual Arts: I saw a group exhibition in Venice called 'In Praise of Doubt' at the François Pinault Foundation for contemporary art at the Punta della Dogana. It's an absolutely beautiful building, which always absolutely grabs me. It included some of Jeff Koons's inflatables, which I managed to touch, something I've always wanted to do! They're incredibly uncanny. I also saw some Paul McCarthy figures – women with splayed legs and weird back-to-front heads. I bought a drawing at the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair last weekend of a Busty Babe from Kelly Davitt made on the back of a bank demand for the sum they were fining her for...a snip at £22! Hopefully they'll leave her alone now...
Books: The last book I read was called 'Sunbathing Naked and Other Miracle Cures: A Memoir' by Guy Kennaway. It's based around his experience of psoriasis, and the people he meets and the places it takes him to in trying to cure it. You wouldn't expect it, but it's hilarious. I've also read a new book called 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' by Jennifer Egan, which weaves together loads of different lives with incidental meetings that later become more significant. That kind of thing has been done a lot, but here it's done incredibly artfully.
Films: I just saw Werner Herzog's 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D' about the Chauvet Cave in southern France. I love Herzog's droll voiceovers, they always make me laugh.
Television: I've been watching Louis Theroux's 'Miami Mega Jail', which I thought was great. I've got a friend in prison at the moment and I thought he's actually really lucky compared to how hard they get it in America.
Polly Morgan's exhibition 'Burials' is at the Workshop Arte Contemporanea, Venice, to 22 July. Her solo show is at Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland ( www.derryvoid.com) 30 August to 30 September
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