About this artwork

Kenny Hunter is best known as a sculptor and the strong letters in this print suggest those of an inscription in stone. This print, made during a 3-month residency at Location 1, Manhattan, is part of a series of four inspired by early Modernist thinkers. In Yeats’ 1919 poem ‘The Second Coming’, he uses Christian imagery, relating to the Apocalypse, to describe post-war Europe. He writes, ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold’. Hunter has updated this text with ‘all over again’ to reflect on our current cultural climate. Hunter explains his selection of text for this series: ‘They look almost like signage, but you expect practical advice from a sign – ‘No Entry’, ‘Take a Right’, not ‘Take a Bath.’ Like all things that look simple, there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears behind it.’

Updated before 2020

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Kenny Hunter

Kenny Hunter