Blood thrills us. It arouses fear and repulsion. An emblem of love and violence. A symbol of both purity and horror. A universal sign of illness and death. Yet as the saying goes, in blood is life.
The Cob Gallery
and Guts for Garters presents a body of work by Peter Doherty executed in his own blood. This marks the closure of Guts for Garters and The Cob Gallerys previous collaborative show Anatomy. For more information about Guts for Garters, visit their website at www.gutsforgarters.com
A London debut exhibition of the artists personal collection of ephemera and collectibles, co-curated with the artist, provides the backdrop to Dohertys archive and specially created new blood paintings.
It is possible to interpret the revealing of ones blood as an ultimate self-portrait. Freeing the self through the puncturing of ﬂesh that separates the interior and the exterior, blood is the chosen material to build a self-portrait enacted by our own bodies. The choice of blood not only binds the artist with his work quite literally he is, as Franco B says, producing rather than documenting his art but in the act of producing his art he is engaged in a process of personal endurance, constantly pushing against his own physical limits.
The show casts new light on Doherty not only as a practicing artist, but as a collector of oddities. As an additional aspect of the show, objects collected and chosen by Doherty have been used to create a unique Gesamtkunstwerk a Portrait of the Artist.
Original work and prints exclusive to the gallery and signed in the artists blood are available throughout the exhibition. All prints are available from collection within 3 weeks, signed by the artist.
An online catalogue has been produced speciﬁcally for the exhibition and images, the work and installation shots are available.