"A heckler is someone who tries to unsettle others with questions, challenges or jibes." - Walsall Gallery
I love anything that goes against the system; in a playful manner, mind. A not too serious, a 'just-playing' kind of way, is always quite fun. But sometimes the serious stuff gets my attention too. Issues that deserve commentary, in a social or political respect are definitely worth discussion. Thus, I am in favour of The Hecklers exhibition at Walsall Art Gallery.
The exhibition includes photography, video, painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation and performance works. The Beer Mat Show, presented offsite at the Black Country Arms, will include beer mats designed by Sarah Baker, Ben Eine, Bob and Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk and M-CITY.
Taking full advantage of the Oxford English Definition, and in every sense of the word, the artists involved - Alexis Milne, Laura Oldfield Ford, Max Reeves, Clunie Reid amongst other - aim to heckle, to rile, to cause a sort of unsettling with their work.
It seems is only through art that the unspeakable has a voice, and the unmentionable offered up for discussion. Thus The Hecklers exhibition explores ideas of "primitivism" and the re-working of modernist ideologies in the present day. Even if you aren't interested in the subjects raised, you can't deny, what the artists have done is pretty cool.