Pauline Amos’s latest exhibition, PRODUCTION COSTS, goes underground at the Subway Gallery for a solo show that questions the costs of living and the value of life, writes Cassie Smith
Pauline Amos is most well known for her performance art; for her first high-profile show My Flesh My Canvas, the artist used her body as a canvas, allowing the audience to paint on her. For Pauline, the act served as a commentary on how the world imposes itself upon us. She performed the piece throughout Europe and Asia, and has since become known for putting herself into the centre of her artwork and becoming a part of it.
She is also known for causing an ‘art scandal’ in 2005 when her painting, Opera Paese, the result of a 24 hour painting performance, went on sale in London at a well known private members club for £1.3 million. The price was a comment on the art and commodity market.
On the outrageous price, which gained a lot of attention from the press, Amos replied, ‘The value of life is priceless. How do I put a price on 30 years of life or on a painting?’
Amos continues her theme on questioning the value of life in PRODUCTION COSTS, by commenting on the price of a bullet, the use of terror, in every day and in war.
The exhibition is open from 5 to 22 November at the Subway Gallery under Paddington Green police station. The Subway Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm. Admission is free. Kiosk 1 Joe Strummer Subway, Edgware Road / Harrow Road, London, W2 1DX; pamos.co.uk