Paris, 2014. Scalpel blades, skin graft blades, zips, stitching needles, pins, stainless steel studs, safety pins, champagne caps and wire, tourist souvenirs, french francs, condoms and gloss paint on canvas, 96 x 144 in. (243.8 x 365.8 cm). Photos by Prudence Cuming Associates LTD, courtesy of White Cube.
This article was originally published on November 13, 2014 but we think it still rocks!
The words "deft", "sharp" and "cutting" all come to mind when trying to describe Damien Hirst's Black Scalpel Cityscapes— the massive "portraits of living cities" are created entirely out of surgical blades, fish hooks, stainless steel studs, and gloss paint.
The painting above represents a bird's-eye view of San Francisco, as it might be seen from a space telescope, drone, or Google Earth. Explains the press release, "The Black Scalpel Cityscapes make reference to the military procedure of ‘surgical bombing’ or ‘surgical strikes.’ [...] The perspective of an aerial map minimizes the life beneath it to a series of detached systems and patterns of collective existence; recalling the imagery used in the films Powers of Ten (1968, 1977) by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as the compressed, slow motion, time-lapse footage of US towns in Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi (1982)."
This is far from the first time Hirst has used blades in his artwork. In the past, he has described them as "dark but at the same time light."
Below, check out images of Black Scalpel Cityscapes:
Black Scalpel Cityscapes was on display at White Cube gallery in São Paolo from November 2014 until January 2015. To learn more about the artist click here.