by Valentina Fois

Last Saturday we went to Southend for the Private View of Giorgio Sadotti, ‘THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS’ at Focal Point Gallery.

The show was definitely worth to going to Southend. Sadotti has built an hilarious monster, this is made of all different parts that many other artists have ‘kindly donated’ to him for this project.

As in all his conceptual work this was very funny and full of surprises. It took me 40 minutes to notice that a tomato was one of the  eyes of the monster and more than an hour to notice a lemon on top of the sculpture. Each single part of this frankensteinian assemblage have their specific meaning, they are all unique and specifically realised for this project, together they bring alive this work. I liked the fact that on the glass window where located different copies of Frankenstein’s stories. It is not the first time that Sadotti uses reference to literature in his work.

The more you look, the more you discover, the more you discover the more you want to stay before the sculpture and find out some more! This is not a punch line, but It is an intricate puzzle.

We have recently worked with Giorgio here at La Scatola Gallery, for the first talk of the Exchange we in fact proposed a live performance and talk where Giorgio was playing with the audience at a ping pong table while answering my questions and chatting with the visitors. Instead of using pin pong paddles we were playing with art books and we all had a great deal of fun.

Watch the video here

As I have said you cannot go to one of Sadotti’s shows and not enjoy yourself, so I strongly recommand to pay a visit to Focal Point Gallery to see ’THIS THIS MONSTER THIS THINGS’ . Show runs from the 16th April to 30th June 2012.


You cannot miss it!


Includes work by Shahin Afrassiabi, Fiona Banner, Mark Beasley, Vanessa Billy, Roxane Borujerdi, Eleanor Brown and Loolie Habgood, David Burrows, Denna Cartamkhoob, Rachael Champion, Steven Claydon, Kelly Eginton, Laura Eldret, Graham Fagen, Karin Felbermayr, Ella Finer, Ceal Floyer, Freee, Neil Gall, Anya Gallaccio, Liam Gillick, Matt Hale, Matthew Higgs, The Hut Project, Alan Kane, Lisa Kirk, Elise Lammer and Lawrence Leaman, Mikael Larsson, Simon Liddiment, Raphael Linsi, Simon Martin, Fraser Muggeridge, Paul Noble, Carlos Noronha Feio, Stefano W. Pasquini, Elias Rediger, Audrey Reynolds, Sarina Scheidegger, Dina Schuepbach, Georgina Starr, Alexandra Stähli, Jemima Stehli, Jack Strange, Milly Thompson, Chris Watts, and Elizabeth Wright.

This is my favourite part by Stefano W. Pasquini

All Images by Raymond  Cheung

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