DEATH HEAD DEVOTION: Spin Skulls by Damien Hurst

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“The movement sort of implies life.” Damien Hirst

The series began in earnest in 1994, when Hirst had a spin machine made whilst living in Berlin

The works are described by the artist as “childish … in the positive sense of the word”. Whilst the chance spontaneity of the spin paintings stands in stark contrast to the formulaic spot series, both explore the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter. The results of the spins are controlled purely by the artist’s colour choices and the motion of the machine. Hirst explains the simplicity of their appeal: “I really like making them. And I really like the machine, and I really like the movement. Every time they’re finished, I’m desperate to do another one.”

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