Anthony Lister's figures are amalgamations of superheroes, shimmering colours and body parts. They look ready to walk off the walls to go out in search of whatever takes their mood, so don't let them get away before you've had the chance to get a look.
Anthony Lister's figures are amalgamations of superheroes, shimmering colours and body parts. Lister describes the appeal of four-colour comic characters as almost godlike — heroes in a kind of mythology. And if mythology is really about family at heart, then Lister's family is odd, powerful and roughly formed. His figures put on a spare head or a fresh pair of arms as casually as a new coat. They stand powerful and heavy; comfortably composed with a revelatory style not too far from comic legend Bill Sienkiewicz. Lister has been collected by Taschen and curated by the National Gallery, and now he comes to the Chalk Horse Gallery in the form of solo show Memories Not Included.
His hero figures will be on display along with darker, less defined pieces flush with shadowy palettes and neon stains. There'll also be some in situ work unique to the gallery space. Lister's figures demand attention, but they're not interested in yours. They look ready to walk off the walls to go out in search of whatever takes their mood. Don't let them get away before you've had the chance to get a look.
Published on November 21, 2010 by Zacha Rosen