1 and 3 of 12

 

 

Moore (1 of 24)

London Man (3 of 24)

 

 

 

The 'gag statues' project started in the summer of 2007 with the 'Moore' photograph


A selection of the images and a story were published in the magazine 'less common more sense'

no 15 The Uncensored issue in 2008

 

A selection of 12 of the images were exhibited at the OXO Tower in 2009

and more recently at Art 14, Kensington Olympia

 

A collaboration 2009/10 - Nicole made an artists book with the images and called it 'Bouville'

(copy written by Martin Sexton), 6 additional images were taken for this iteration of the 'gag statues' project.

The book was exhibited at KALEID (as part of an artists book exhibition) in December 2009

and at Art Wars Project Space in 2010.

 

'Bouville' references an interaction between Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre,

which took place in a cafe near Euston Station. Sartre believed he could capture the essence of London

in a sentence and she did not.  Sartre later wrote a book (La Nausée) about Le Havre, which he called

Bouville, in this instance Beauvoir believed he had managed to capture the essence of a place.

 

La Nausée is considered to be one of the canonical works of existentialism.

Sartre was awarded (but declined) the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964.

They recognized him

'for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth,

has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age.'

He was one of only a few people to decline the award,

referring to it as merely a function of a bourgeois institution.