exhibition brings together work from the ‘MODERN WORLD’ Posterwork
series and two recent works which act as contingent devices within the
concept of this show.
During the 1980s Peel began to make work that was deliberately designed
to exist outside the commercial gallery system. Entitled ‘MODERN
WORLD’, these large, screen-printed posterworks were made in response
to political events and the politicians who were in power at the time.
They were fly-posted on streets in London, mailed to educational institutions
and shown as framed prints in galleries and museums.
His recent work has all been made since the invasion of Iraq and the war
in Afghanistan, and develops the concerns and subject matter with which
he has been preoccupied for some time. Politics, power and social issues
have been addressed through the language of print and photography and
have been realised as limited edition prints, montages, posterworks and
Peel’s imagery is often appropriated from
the media and is collaged together with images derived from nature, anatomy
and biology, in order to reflect the photomechanical structure of mass
production material and its parallels with biological cellular structures.
All of this can be seen as a metaphor for the political discourse that
followed 9/11, and the prosecution of the ‘war on terror’.
The intimidating, highly charged words and phrases which accompanied the
build-up to war, and which have justified it since, are aggressively deployed
in a manner which serves to isolate them and deprive them of authority.