Art Review: Parental Guidance @ WW Gallery

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Art Review: Parental Guidance @ WW Gallery

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If you are looking for a bold artistic take on an intriguing topic, you may look away now. Sometimes the title of an art exhibition, in this case "PG: Parental Guidance" at the WW Gallery in Hackney, promises more than the actual show.

Whilst the show's press flirts with 'violence without detail', 'frightening sequences' and other Rated PG material, once you get to the gallery (which can take a while to find, as it’s inside an ordinary house), a toilet seat hanging off the wall and entitled "Potty Training" may not be what your imagination had hoped for.

Similarly, Molly Smyth's "Figure On Tower" appears to be doing wonders for the stationery industry, whilst Jonathan Batten's "INRI" has a sense of lazy deja vu about it. Most of the show tries hard to be evocative, but instead ends up sliding into a vacant "ooh aren't I clever" sense of direction. Sardine + Tobleroni's "Charity Shop Series" is an example of this, its Banksyeqsue intentions turning it into a Where's Waldo, whilst their Hitler/Mother Teresa paintings plead to be so much more than obvious.

Chiara William's piece on bathrooms meanwhile leaves you scratching your head and wondering where the craft of art making has gone in the 21st century. Perhaps the only guidance you will need on a visit is imagination guidance.

By Tommy Wong

PG: Parental Guidance is at WW Gallery at 30 Queensdown Road, E5 8NN, until 5 April 2009.

Last Updated 12 March 2009

marielloyd

Oh, come on, Mr Tommy Wong... Sorry but people like you should write reviews on other things such as art exhibitions. Totally ridiculous review. I was there for the opening and loved the work. Great stuff. Yes, you are right, it is a bit hard to find the gallery but hey good art is hard to find. The Christ was great and there is nothing Banksyeqsue about Sardine & Tobleorni's work.

Anyhow, loved the show.

Marie

Sardine & Tobleroni

Well, we do agree with Marie above. Of course. Reason? W are Sardine & Tobleroni. The problem with critics is that they do not see (or are not able to see) the broader picture. When showing a particular piece of work in a group exhibition this piece has been chosen by the curator because it fits the overall conceptual idea of the group exhibition. The portrait pictures of Hitler and Mother Theresa are OF COURSE obvious. That is the intention. They both belong to a series we painted two years ago called The Star Series which is basically a portrait series of so-called famous good and bad people classified into bad and good according to their obvious appearance. The what Mr Wong calls Banksyesgue belonged to a series called The Charity Shop which was initially conceived for a benefit show about the suffering of children. There is one painting among all those charity shop paintings called Looking for Banksy because it resembles a Banksy painting. Please do not compare us with Banksy. This is utterly ridiclous and sorry to say this very modern British (You know Gordon Ramsay and all those horribly honest and bold people standing on top of everyone else). Next time take your time and do some thinking before sitting down to write a review.

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Bon appetit. Sardine & Tobleroni

Lindsey

The problem with critics is that they do not see(or are not able to see) the broader picture. ....

The problem with artists who can't take criticism is that they make themselves look childish when they have this kind of knee jerk reaction to one person's opinion.

I edited your comment to make you look less idiotic and offensive.

Sardine & Tobleroni

Well, we do agree with Marie above. Of course. Reason? W are Sardine & Tobleroni. The problem with critics is that they do not see (or are not able to see) the broader picture. When showing a particular piece of work in a group exhibition this piece has been chosen by the curator because it fits the overall conceptual idea of the group exhibition. The portrait pictures of Hitler and Mother Theresa are OF COURSE obvious. That is the intention. They both belong to a series we painted two years ago called The Star Series which is basically a portrait series of so-called famous good and bad people classified into bad and good according to their obvious appearance. The what Mr Wong calls Banksyesgue belonged to a series called The Charity Shop which was initially conceived for a benefit show about the suffering of children. There is one painting among all those charity shop paintings called Looking for Banksy because it resembles a Banksy painting. Please do not compare us with Banksy. This is utterly ridiclous and sorry to say this very modern British (You know Gordon Ramsay and all those horribly honest and bold people standing on top of everyone else). Next time take your time and do some thinking before sitting down to write a review.
COMMENT EDITED
Bon appetit. Sardine & Tobleroni

Sardine & Tobleroni

Well, we do agree with Marie above. Of course. Reason? W are Sardine & Tobleroni. The problem with critics is that they do not see (or are not able to see) the broader picture. When showing a particular piece of work in a group exhibition this piece has been chosen by the curator because it fits the overall conceptual idea of the group exhibition. The portrait pictures of Hitler and Mother Theresa are OF COURSE obvious. That is the intention. They both belong to a series we painted two years ago called The Star Series which is basically a portrait series of so-called famous good and bad people classified into bad and good according to their obvious appearance. The what Mr Wong calls Banksyesgue belonged to a series called The Charity Shop which was initially conceived for a benefit show about the suffering of children. There is one painting among all those charity shop paintings called Looking for Banksy because it resembles a Banksy painting. Please do not compare us with Banksy. This is utterly ridiclous and sorry to say this very modern British (You know Gordon Ramsay and all those horribly honest and bold people standing on top of everyone else). Next time take your time and do some thinking before sitting down to write a review.
COMMENT EDITED
Bon appetit. Sardine & Tobleroni