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Lot 23: ARR Damien Hirst (British, b.1965) (Designer) and Mike Smith (constructor), Commode Chair

Urban Contemporary

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

December 11, 2012

London, United Kingdom

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Description: ARR Damien Hirst (British, b.1965), Commode Chair for 100% Weird, Welded steel chair with bedpan seat, 1994, designed by Damien Hirst, constructed by Mike Smith, as featured in Damien Hirst's short film 100% Weird, overall size 1910 x 535 x 480 mm (75 1/4 x 21 x 19), In 1994 Damien Hirst collaborated with the film maker Tony Kaye to produce a short film entitled 100% Weird. Shot at the Slaughter House Gallery in London, the film featured images such as dead livestock, an industrial insectocutor and the commode chair in the present lot. The chair with a bedpan for a seat was designed by Hirst and built by Mike Smith (the technician who builds many of the artist's vitrines and other elements in his sculptural works) it takes an integral role in the film, and in one notorious scene shot from below we see the artist's naked posterior seated on the chair excrete what appears to be a baked bean. The film was so provocative that it was never screened by the company that commissioned it: TNT Movies, and whilst Hirst has spoken about the film publicly, it was not until his retrospective at Tate Modern in 2012 that the film was shown to a wider audience. A copy of the film on DVD accompanies the present lot. Provenance: A gift from Damien Hirst to the present owner

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