In the tradition of the 19th century Parisian Salon des Refusés, the exhibition features works previously refused by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; over 100 artworks that were missed, unappreciated, misunderstood or sacrificed at the last minute by the RA selection committee earlier this year.
Chris says: “My sculpture is a commentary on contemporary British politics inspired by the quote attributed to Lyndon Johnson about J Edgar Hoover, Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside pissing in."
Eleven Manneken Pis statuettes (the symbol of Brussels) are painted yellow and set facing outwards in a blue circle evoking the EU flag. The twelfth white statuette represents Boris Johnson, with his shock of yellow hair, but he is facing in.
“The work is deliberately confrontational, shocking and humorous” says Chris, “but it tackles a very serious issue, one which has been dividing the country for years.”
Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite works with winners announced at the exhibition’s finale.
Salon des Refusés Exhibition coordinated by Happenstance Art and Framing
Joseph Wales Studios, 2 Dane Hill, Margate
July 25 – August 8 2019.
Opening times Wednesday to Sunday, 12-6pm
Admission is free