The Sunday Painter is pleased to announce the opening of Antiquity Bonk, a collection of new work by Brighton based artist Ben Wheele.
A disgusting ‘museum catalogue’ befriends me, slops some images all over my eyes. We’re playing a winking game together – each time I think of the word ‘antique’ I have to wink at him, and vice-versa. We think of so many antiques, it gets to the point we’re just closing our eyes now (I wink with both of my eyes).
Eyes closed, I find a salute – I think it’s me, I’m saluting to a disease. I check the room again, something’s happened to my work, the prints have all gotten infected, sculptures, everything, even the room. Ruined!
What type of disease is this anyway. Examining a print, I discover mucus or something, it’s awful, like a child doing a joke on my work. How embarrassing. ‘It’s the catalogue…’ I snarl.. ‘It’s all the catalogue’s fault!’ I grab the grotesque catalogue and rip out all of the pages.
I examine the pages, so rococo in their death. It’s sad to kill something that elegant. I’ll die of the disease too soon, but it’s a humorous disease, like a cartoon or something. Lots of love, Ben x