Wednesday, 1 June 2011

You Should Be Living


Home of Metal: You Should Be Living
Wolverhampton Art Gallery

18 Jun 11 - 17 Sep 11

Exploring the roots of Heavy Metal music in the Black Country, the featured artists, including Matius Faldbakken, Ben Venom, Harminder Judge, Seldon Hunt and Amy Sarkisian, use typography, vintage t-shirts, sculpture and sound to explore the varying aesthetic features of Heavy Metal and its relationship to contemporary art. The artists, both national and international, take inspiration from the genre, whilst exploring notions of fantasy, chaos, performance and musical devotion.

‘You Should Be Living’ references the title track from the debut Napalm Death record ‘Scum’ and, thirty years after the formation of the band, a special collaborative piece has been commissioned for this exhibition. French artist and Grindcore fanatic Damien Deroubaix and Napalm Death founder Nicholas Bullen will present their sculptural construction containing text and abstractions, embedded video monitors, audio cables and microphones, referencing the work of both artists and the ‘Scum’ album.

The exhibition is part of the Home of Metal festival of music and arts events devoted to celebrating the Black Country region as the home of Heavy Metal music.

*Sneak preview of laser engraving detail by Seldon Hunt