In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Vol. II

Damien Hirst
In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Vol. II
mixed media
2002

An original Damien Hirst mixed media painting.

2002

Household paint on cloth with screenprinted text mounted on board

This unique “spin painting” is one of 80 (edition of 68 plus 12 artist’s proofs) created for use as the portfolio cover for the album of the same title (an album of 14 color etchings). Published by Paragon Press, London 2002; painting created by Hirst in his Leyton studio.

46 x 37 inches

In 2002 Hirst created his second major print project entitled In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume I and Volume II. These two volumes take Hirst’s concept of spin drawings and paintings into the print medium. Hirst had started to make Spin paintings in summer 1993 in Hoxton, East London, at the corner of Charlotte Road and Rivington Street, when the curator Joshua Compston staged a mock parish fair called “A Fête Worse than Death”. Among other artists – Tracey Emin did palm reading, Gary Hume dressed as a Mexican bandit and sold tequila slammers – Hirst disguised himself as a clown. Hirst, together with Angus Fairhurst, made spin paintings using a potter’s wheel and rented out the device for one pound a go so that punters could make their own artworks, which the artists eventually signed.
The two projects In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume I and Volume II were started in spring 2002, after Booth Clibborn had approached Hirst to do a second large print project. For the portfolio box, Hirst decided that each should have an original spin painting on the cover. These were painted with household paint on the same painting machine that was used for the etching plates.

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