Serena Korda sets performative new sculpture on the loose on Blackpool Promenade

By Mark Sheerin Published: 18 June 2013

Exhibition preview: Serena Korda: Aping the Beast, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, until August 3 2013

Colour film still of a large latex monster puppet
Serena Korda, Aping the Beast (2013). Film still©
Imagination will be required of Blackpool residents if they are to meet artist Serena Korda halfway. Dominating their local contemporary art space is a towering puppet, a beast not unlike Godzilla, but with sticks supporting a pair of scaly arms.

Throughout the nine-week run there are certain days the monster awakes, or is seduced, or led along the prom on procession. At times it is joined by schoolchildren dressed as wizened old men and a boob meteorite (which is exactly what it sounds like). Its final resting place is a circus ring.

Films accompany the monster’s residence in the gallery. In one we discover a female psychic and her ominous pet black cat. In the other we encounter female hysterics dancing the Tarantella to ward off the toxic effects of spider bites.

Another features the monster and Blackpool Male Voice Choir, shot on location in Blackpool’s historic Tower Circus.

As a mere glance at the towering central protagonist will show, this exhibition is anything but dry. It is also that rare beast: a performance event which manages to live on in a gallery setting. This is the second port of call after Camden Arts Centre.

Compared with the refinement of Hampstead, Godzilla should feel right at home by the sea, one more raucous amusement among many.

  • Open 10am-5pm (closed Sunday). Admission free.

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