Last of the English Roses
21.12.2018 - 28.02.2019
Salon Kennedy is pleased to present “The Last Of The English Roses”, a solo-exhibition by Swiss born, New York based Yves Scherer. Named after a song that British singer Pete Doherty realised in 2009, the show is compiled of three distinct bodies of works. It’s the unveiling of the thin layer between public and private life moments which characterises Scherer’s work and the series “Kate” presented here is no different: Different pages from one and the same photography book are tightly framed within stained wood and plexiglass. The pictures, taken by Mario Testino and published by Taschen, focus on one single subject – Kate Moss. The heroin-chic icon of the 90’s and now a successful business woman and mother is shown mainly between shoots here – in intimate moments which have her hover between the girl from Croydon and the celebrity star that she was made into. This closeness and immediateness is made possible only through Testino’s role as both, a world renowned celebrity photographer but also a close personal friend. The small figurines presented here, cast in plaster and adorned with light rose fabric, are part of Yves Scherer’s ongoing series with actress Emma Watson as its subject. British by birth also, Watson followed a very different route in her life than Kate Moss, who is notorious for her stories about drug abuse and an excessive party life. Watson, a child star who rose to fame portraying Hermione Granger in the Harry potter film series, has remained pristine and untouched by scandals since. In addition to that she has been appointed as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and in this role helped to launch the campaign HeForShe, which ask men to advocate for gender equality and female right all-over the world. These two groups of work are surrounded by small paintings of flowers, which are installed more casually as if to undermine their identity as paintings or art and present them as mere objects in the space. Painted in oil on acrylic and resin these pieces feel poetic in their simplicity and tie together the show into an environment that reflects on the intimate relationship between celebrity and audience, as much as it is a love note to everyones’ own december flower.