Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Damien Hirst pills cufflinks



here is a piece of damien hirst's art without the space required for a pickled shark, or a bank breaking budget for a diamond encrusted skull. in 2004, damien hirst exhibited "the elusive truth" in new york. the exhibit included a selection of hirst’s over-sized hand-painted tablets, and the medicine cabinet appeared as a shrine praising modern pharmaceuticals. the idea is that while medicine helps to prolong life and prevent illness, it is ineffectual in holding off death completely. while hirst’s pills remain shiny and inviting - immortalised as they are in the pristine pharmaceutical cabinet - the artist puts into question society’s reliance on chemicals to feel, and stay, alive.

the sterling silver cufflinks are hallmarked and engraved with hirst's logo. i love the story behind it, and especially liking the fact that this is a piece of wearable art. the cufflinks is available online here.


a print of hirst's hand painted "pills" from the exhibition. l00o00ve.



pics credit: othercriteria.com


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3 comments:

  1. Those blue pills have an uncanny resemblance to dildos. Can I say loooooooooovvveeee too. Haha.

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  2. huuuhhh. dirrrrty you are!

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  3. And the round pills would make perfect tie pins, as well.

    Or not. But it can't hurt to dream.

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what's he wearing?