Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Baltic to Welcome "Terrorist" Violence Is Focus of Display

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Baltic to Welcome "Terrorist" Violence Is Focus of Display

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Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS

A CONTROVERSIAL artist is exhibiting skulls and burning cars at a Tyneside gallery.

South African Kendell Geers has made a name for himself as an "aesthetic terrorist".

The themes of fear, violence, danger and sex dominate his work.

The exhibition, which is also peppered with swear words, opens at the Baltic next month.

His work often refers to the political issues and the violence of his country of birth. Over the years, Geers has examined how we have become used to images of violence.

Irrespektiv is his first major UK solo exhibition. Visitors will be able to view more than 20 works consisting of wall paintings, neon sculptures and videos.

They will be confronted with a wall covered in wallpaper featuring enlarged newspaper print. Each article describes a tragic killing.

Visitors will also encounter the skull of an executed man which has a bullet hole behind the ear, and there is a burning car wreck. …

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