Anna McNay

Review of Hugo Dalton: Mother Nature B.D.S.M. at Bermondsey Project Space


Mother Nature B.D.S.M.

An exhibition by Hugo Dalton, curated by Edward Lucie-Smith

Bermondsey Project Space

27 January – 19 February 2012

Walking into this large warehouse in the middle of an industrial estate in Bermondsey is like straying on to the set of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Entry to the 7,000 sq. ft. exhibition space, cold and dark, is through plastic meat flaps, and the soundtrack of piano music, composed by James Dooley to accompany the show, has resonances of the falsely calming use of Beethoven’s Ninth in A Clockwork Orange. The premise of this exhibition is that Mother Nature is a Dominatrix: fetishistic, enslaving, and omnipotent. But to what extent is this impression carried over?

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