Rosie: “art, comedy, and culture through a new lens.”
Beano: the Art of Breaking Rules, at Somerset House.
Earlier in the month, Gordon insisted we shouldn’t miss the Beano Exhibition. Having never really read the Beano I wasn’t expecting the exhibition to resonate with me much, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
It was apparent walking in that Andy Holden had not curated your average exhibition, it included larger-than-life recreations of Beano’s backdrops and an eclectic collection of contemporary artworks from ‘creative rule-breakers’.
The exhibition showed me art, comedy, and culture through a new lens, and its impact on cultural references, commentary, and influence. Cartoons by Heath Robinson reminded me of phrases my mum always uses. Huge posters introduced me to the work of Sarah Lucas an artist, part of the YBA’s, breaking the rules combining photography and collage, and I now follow the social commentary and doodles of Bedwyr Williams on Instagram. Lastly, footage of Alex Wheatle of Small Axe describing the importance of the Beano to him growing up cemented how interlaced all these cultural influences are. To think I could have written it off because I’d never read the Beano.