"It is true, the spoken word enlightens both the spirit and the soul. Indeed, the HENDRICK’S Master Distiller can often be heard talking at length to her ‘two little sweeties’ – the delightful and peculiarly small copper pot stills from which the most unusual gin flows."

With Doug Fishbone  

This lecture took place on the 17th of February 2011

Artist Doug Fishbone will be performing one of his celebrated comic slide-show lectures, taking his audience on a journey through his mildly warped imagination.

Illustrating his narration with hundreds of images downloaded from the internet, Fishbone has come up with a new and innovative form of story-telling that sits strangely at the crossroads between high and low, leading one critic to describe him as a “stand-up conceptual artist”.

His work functions as a form of visual rhetoric that employs strategies of advertising and propaganda to explore the often dubious relationship between image and text, and investigate the relativity of perception and understanding. Fishbone weaves complicated visual and narrative tapestries that recycle the imagery of the mass-media, satirizing many of the outrages and excesses of the contemporary moment in the process.

Doug Fishbone
Doug Fishbone was born in New York in1969. He earned an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2003. Selected solo exhibitions include Rokeby, London (2010 and 2009), Gimpel Fils, London (2006) and 30,000 Bananas in Trafalgar Square (2004). Selected group exhibitions include Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, Tate Britain (2010), Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2008); Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery (2008), London; British Art Show 6, Newcastle, Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester (2006). He performs regularly  at both international and UK venues, including appearances at London’s ICA and Southbank Centre.

Fishbone recently launched his new full-length feature film Elmina, in which he played the lead role in a Ghanaian melodramatic film, at Tate Britain, London in October 2010.