Heavy Metal Mouth

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  • 9 July 2009
Heavy Metal Mouth

For their latest exhibition Polarcap invited 13 artists, drawn from a diverse pool of ages and experience and disciplines to respond to contemporary Heavy Metal culture, in particular to a text by participating artist Norman Shaw, which includes the lines, ‘from cock-rock to black metal, it is an extremely nuanced, contradictory, and complex organism, mutated on currents of northern romanticism, sublime melancholy, gothic horror, expressionism, fin-de-siècle occultism, surrealist eroticism, and existential doom.’ Held on floors 4-6 of a former DHSS building, the work on show ranges from new canvasses by Neil Clements in the shape of metal guitar (axe) bodies to recent ECA graduate Rachel Maclean’s extraordinary response to the Suan Boyle phenomenon, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.

24–26 Torpichen Street, Edinburgh, until Sun 12 Jul.

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