Emma's review

I see Grayson Perry on the street. He is wearing a cheesecloth dress and looks harried and stressed. Some young dude in an old levi jacket takes a picture of his back and snickers.

“BLARHGHHH - Ok, lets go”

I follow Grayson Perry around the gallery with 20 other people hanging on to every word. He dances around in front of Object in Foreground and talks about the changing landscape of masculinity. He speaks of the dying manly man left over from the deindustrialisation of Britain and I think of the dude on the street in his worn out Levi jacket and wonder if he understands why his jacket is cool.

“A masculine pantomime”
A deindustrialised hangover.

I feel Grayson Perry’s fondness for the British people and I think of the damaging retrospective nationalist ideals in those who voted leave as he speaks about his Matching Pair. Everyone likes blue and everyone likes walking their dog. Not everyone likes Winston Churchill and not everyone likes Obama. Everyone likes a full cooked English Breakfast.
Grayson encourages a focus on our shared identities and I think of my own efforts to shop locally and ethically and mostly acknowledge that retrospective national ideology.

“Just because your politics is good doesn't mean your art is good for christs sake!”

I watch Grayson Perry amongst his artwork. I look at his colours and the shapes and I listen to his politics.

Marcin's Review

The picture was my immediate response to Perry's fascination with Christian kitsch and folklore. Having an orthodox Catholic upbringing in Poland's Spiritual capital with deeply rooted cult of masculinity and nationalism, I find it interesting and quite problematic how people like to wallow in their identities, let it be Britishness, gayness or celebrityness.

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