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Yinka Shonibare MBE Kaleidoscope
Yinka Shonibare MBE Kaleidoscope

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Kaleidoscope

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Edition of 45

Kaleidoscope is an edition by Yinka Shonibare MBE that playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations: a kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass.

Click here to view a short video (ca. 4 min) of the artist and Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery talking about Kaleidoscope.

The full  recording (ca. 45 min) of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope had its public launch is also available via this link.

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About the Edition

‘Kaleidoscope’ is a multiple by Yinka Shonibare MBE that playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations: a kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass.

Through the opening at the head of the phallus a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ can be seen. Botticelli’s original image depicted the birth of Venus, the goddess of the sea, standing on a shell, the female ideal as the object of mythology and desire. Shonibare has replaced the female nude with a
photograph of a well-endowed naked male.

”I intended this piece as both playful and serious: it looks like an adult sex toy, but it is also a serious comment on patriarchy, and the objectification of the female body in the media, by what film theorist Laura Mulvey called the ‘male gaze’. KALEIDOSCOPE was meant as ‘one for the ladies’…though I think it may appeal to some Gentlemen too…’ [Yinka Shonibare MBE, 2015].

This object can also be seen as a subversive take on 19th century Victoriana, and specifically the ‘peep show’ images of women viewed through devices such as a kaleidoscope.

As with Shonibare’s celebrated work on the Fourth Plinth, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, ‘Kaleidoscope’ reclaims an object from a familiar British tradition and subverts it through the bold use of batik patterns and by transforming the shape into that of a phallus.

Click here to view a short video (ca. 4 min) of the artist and Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery talking about Kaleidoscope.

The full  recording (ca. 45 min) of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope had its public launch is also available via this link.

Additional Information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 8 x 8 x 27 cm
Edition Size

45

Materials

Cast brass, digitally printed cotton, lacquer, mirror, lens, glass, perspex, oil.

Date

2014

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s work explores issues of colonialism and post-colonialism, alongside those of race, class and cultural identity, through painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance.

A Turner prize nominee in 2004, he was awarded an MBE in 2013. In the same year he was also elected RA by the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

‘…AND THE WALL FELL AWAY’, the artist’s solo show at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London runs until 11 November. He is also showing at Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, until 11 December and at Gemeentenmuseum, Helmond, Holland until 2 February 2017.

Other recent solo shows include The WILLIAM MORRIS FAMILY ALBUM, William Morris Gallery, London (2015); THE RAGE OF THE BALLET GODS, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2015); PIECES DE RESISTANCE, DHC/ART (2015) and CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore (2016) and ‘FABRICA-ATION’ Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013)

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.yinkashonibarembe.com

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A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014 where Kaleidoscope is also discussed is now available via this link