© Joe Duggan

Family Man 4, 2002
c-type print mounted on aluminium, edition of 9
123 x 188 cm

Joe Duggan
Never Ever

This will be Joe Duggan's first major solo exhibition in the UK. The work focuses on the constructed worlds that confront us everyday from the realms of television, film and advertising. He is fascinated with the fantastical, idealised and apparently "normal" views of life, which we are bombarded with on a daily basis; images that have become so widespread and familiar that the scenarios they present are accepted passively, as reflections of the real world.

Duggan plays with the viewer's perception of what they are looking at, by challenging their general acceptance that a photograph is a record of real life; Duggan's photographic tableaux are created by using mannequins, stuffed animals, theatrical backdrops - and himself as one of the stage players. Initially the photographs appear to be innocuous scenes of everyday life, but on closer inspection, they reveal darker, more complex fantasies.

21 November 2003 - 5 January 2004
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm

Hirschl Contemporary Art
5 Cork Street
GB-London W1S 3LQ
Telefon +44 (0)20 7495 2565
Mail hirschl@dircon.co.uk