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The Hay Hill Gallery present the artist
'The Financial Crisis Show: Art As A Derivative'
6 January - 1 February 2014

Bad Loans
Acrylic on board, 100 x 100 cm


In 2010, Larry McGinity began a new series of paintings driven by a growing interest in the way economists, financial journalists and market players explained the ongoing financial crisis. He extensively researched financial media in the UK, US and Europe going back to 2007. From these assembled texts, he has created 14 thematic paintings in which some 1500 words of verbatim text relevant to each subject have been employed. Each artwork focuses on a separate aspect of the financial crisis such as Subprime, HFT, Wall Street, Derivatives and City of London.

Offering a very human take on the situation, the darkly humorous pieces read like tragi-comedy. Attempts to interpret the past events have led to an abstracted understanding that the artist highlights within intricate colour rhythms. Nothing is black and white in these Chinese whispers. The text is laid under and over in grids or diagonals, a tapestry of interrupting voices borrowed from economists and financial journalists. Reds, pinks and blues are pixelated like recycled newsprint, from the brand new headlines of the morning commute to the free papers blackening the pavement after rush hour.

With the benefit of hindsight, McGinity weaves together a dramatic historical discourse in beautifully structured bands of colour in a theatrical demonstration of complex financial networks. The paintings read like cautionary tales revealing how we got here- and why the same lessons need learning.

The Financial Crisis Show: Art As A Derivative exhibition will be held alongside a group show and a sculpture collection which features works by Eleanor Cardozo, Nicola Godden, Richard L.Minns, Andy Cheese, Jamie McCartney, Ian Edwards and Palolo Valdes.


Group Show can be viewed in the Lower Ground Floor Gallery and features works by Mackie, Carlo Mirabasso, Peter Blum, Nicolas Ruston, Will Martyr, Ilia Petrovic, Patrice Valota, Jamie McCartney, Enzo Barracco, Graham High, Stanislav Plutenko, Pancho Malezanov, Bruce Clark.
'Ayn Rand and The Financial Crisis Show' by Sarah Jones

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