This summer I had the pleasure of visiting Grayson Perry’s Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. I honestly had no expectations whatsoever when I set off to view the show. In fact, I had never heard of Grayson Perry Prior to the exhibition. However, upon being welcomed by a long queue of eager observers waiting to see the very exhibition I was contemplating on not viewing, I realised the relevance of this exhibition within the world of art and design. Judging from the large groups of people waiting to be let in, it’s no wonder the exhibition has been coined as ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’.
The sentiment that hovers around the entire exhibition, as stated by Time Out Magazine comes from the phrase ‘With great power comes great responsibility’. For Perry, the show was intended as a form of meditation on the role of popularity in art. Through his art, he is able to tackle many contemporary issues within politics, the media and even social disasters such as class division and segregation.
It is said that his ceramic pots ‘threw him into the mainstream’s limelight’, however his custom-made motor bikes as well as unique tapestries are what intrigued me and drew me to his way of thinking. This way of viewing the world suggests a colourful history of a long series of events put into motion not just by ideologists but by ordinary individuals too. The inclusive nature of this exhibition and the fact that Grayson Perry highlights current issues really inspired me. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour and candid nature of his work.
Disclaimer: All of the artworks above belong to and were created by Grayson Perry. They are not my property in any way.