Myths, Monsters & Legends Ft. Rankin & Damien Hirst @ Annroy Gallery

When I arrived at the Annroy Gallery to view the joint efforts of Damien Hirst and Rankin’s Myths, Monsters & Legends, I was greeted by a room full of food and various pieces of set for some kind of photo shoot. The girl on reception apologised and explained that there was a shoot taking place next door. To be expected in trendy Kentish Town, North West London. Yet all the hustle and bustle going on backstage lead to a relaxed atmosphere, which was strangely comfortable compared to the tense, stuffy ambiance that can often be found at more conventional galleries.

Rankin and Hirst, photographer and artist, show historic, mythical, traditional monsters in a modern light. It is as though the creatures we were told about as children have just undergone a transformation and gained a 21st century edge, a sort of fashion overhaul. With the help of model, Dani Smith, the long term friends took their influences from antiquity, and transformed beauty into the grotesque, with skulls, darkness and prosthetic creatures.

The exhibition shows off a world of fantasy, fairytale, and the reincarnation of inspiration and influence from classical Rome and Greece. It is a surreal space full of beasts, the mystical and the ethereal. A ghoulish halloween treat for monsters who crave art instead of blood.

Myths, Monsters & Legends is on show at the Annroy Gallery in London and the Rankin Gallery in Los Angeles until November 5

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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