Talbot Rice Gallery

Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs | Stephen Sutcliffe

28 July - 30 September 2017

Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs took its title from a damming review of David Storey’s novel 'Radcliffe', which was critical of all the qualities Sutcliffe admires, namely its bleak, alienating narrative and ‘garrulous’ characters. The exhibition pulled at the seams of identity, expanding upon recurrent themes in Sutcliffe’s work: self-doubt, obsession, cultural constructs and class conflict. Central to the exhibition, a new video 'Casting Through and Scenes from Radcliffe' drew parallels between the story of Radcliffe and the unrequited homosexual fixations of British filmmaker, Lindsay Anderson, toward possessive actor, Richard Harris. The exhibition also featured a collection of working notes and images from Sutcliffe’s personal archive , placing emphasis on the central role of collage within his creative thought. 

'Radcliffe' is referenced within the exhibition with the kind permission of the Estate of David Storey.

 

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival

 

Stephen Sutcliffe, 'Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs' (2017). Installation view. Talbot Rice Gallery.
Stephen Sutcliffe, 'Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs' (2017). Installation view. Talbot Rice Gallery.

 

Stephen Sutcliffe, 'Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs' (2017). Installation view. Talbot Rice Gallery.
Stephen Sutcliffe, 'Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs' (2017). Installation view. Talbot Rice Gallery.