About this artwork

This print, made during a 3-month residency at Location 1, Manhattan, is part of a series inspired by early Modernist thinkers. Two statements by different writers, commenting on the complexities of metropolitan life, are combined. In his 1869 prose poem ‘Les Foules’ (Crowds), Baudelaire claimed that, ‘It is not given to everyone to take a bath in the multitude: to enjoy the crowd is an art’. In Rousseau’s romantic novel ‘Julie, or the New Heloise’, 1761, a young hero writes about a fast-paced city life where one must ‘adjust his spirit with every step.’ Hunter uses bright, graphic colours and crisp texts which echo designs from the Modernist era. Hunter explains his selection of text for this series: ‘I liked things that were a bit like instructions, but not very strident, more poetic’.

Updated before 2020

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Kenny Hunter

Kenny Hunter