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Corey Helford Gallery: Giles Walker's "THE LAST SUPPER"
Corey Helford Gallery's "THE LAST SUPPER" (Special Location)
Culver City, CA
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Corey Helford Gallery: Giles Walker's "THE LAST SUPPER"
Corey Helford Gallery presents

GILES WALKER
"The Last Supper"

On View September 8   September 22, 2012
Special Location: 3521 Helms Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, Corey Helford Gallery presents the American debut of UK artist Giles Walker's extraordinary "The Last Supper." A year in the making, this remarkable work is a fully-animated sculpture consisting of thirteen mechanical figures who interact around a table. Simultaneously humorous and disturbing "The Last Supper" surpasses the audience's initial interest in the robotic elements of the piece and draws us into the questions it poses and the all too human aspects it addresses. It promises to leave a lasting impression on those who have the opportunity to experience it.

The work explores the recurrent cycle of guilt, violence and pain, which Walker sees as inherent within religious doctrine. By recasting Judas as a 'guilty' child, Walker highlights his concern with the indoctrination of children in a destructive religious morality. The artist was first drawn to this plight while nursing his terminally ill mother who continually pleaded, "what have I done to deserve this?" Walker perceived this as an unwanted relic of religious childhood teachings, which suggested that the individual is subject to greater, judgemental influences of good and evil.

The role of religion within childhood continues to be the topic of highly politicized and provocative debate; Walker comments, "over the last few years I have become increasingly concerned and frustrated by the role that religion plays in our society." In "The Last Supper" the artist creates a snapshot of religion within the 21st century, questioning whether religious doctrine is a good education for a young child and whether it should be so readily accepted in schools. Through his installation Walker also explores the mental abuse and invisible scars left by religious institutions, rather than the more newsworthy high-profile physical abuse cases.

He comments, "I haven't set out to cause offense, only to question and evoke debate about the role religion plays for children within our society in 2012. If it does cause offense it certainly causes no harm. It's not like I am the leader of a religious hierarchy that protects and thus prolongs systematic rape of children in their care; that's offensive and harmful. It's not like I bomb 200,000 innocent Iraqi civilians whilst claiming to be in dialogue with a god; that's offensive and harmful. It's not like I mutilate children's genitalia without consent; that's offensive and harmful. My work does not harm others even though it may cause some offense."

"The Last Supper" opens on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at a special venue located at 3521 Helms Avenue in Culver City. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will have special viewing times each half hour, limited to 30 guests. No speaking or photographs are allowed during the performances. For ticketing information and the viewing time schedule, please visit www.coreyhelfordgallery.com. "The Last Supper" made its premiere appearance at, and is courtesy of Britain's Black Rat Projects.

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Corey Helford Gallery's "THE LAST SUPPER" (Special Location) (View)
3521 Helms Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
United States


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Arts > Visual

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Owner: COREY HELFORD GALLERY
On BPT Since: Aug 21, 2012
 
Jan Corey Helford
3102872340
jch@coreyhelfordgallery.co...
http://www.coreyhelfordgal...
 

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Name Withheld
Burbank, CA United States
Sep 22, 2012 4:07 PM
Name Withheld
Burbank, CA United States
Sep 22, 2012 4:07 PM
Syd D.
United States
Sep 22, 2012 3:22 PM
Nick Gusz M.
United States
Sep 22, 2012 3:22 PM
Damian G.
United States
Sep 22, 2012 3:09 PM
Bowie D.
United States
Sep 22, 2012 3:09 PM

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