Peter Doherty „Contain yourself (seriously)“
"... For more than twenty years, he has been writing poetry and prose, composing songs - some of them immortal like himself. And since 2005, his visual arts have also been on public display: his technique and materials are paintings and collages, blood, paint, graphite or torn sheets of typewritten papers. Skulls, syringes, reptiles or whistles are some of his motifs. There is nothing to hide.
About the large unified body of work into whose gullet he steadily and thoroughly threw everything, and in particular himself. This oeuvre for which he literally bled was also always he himself: he has his own skin in the game, as they say when you have invested yourself heavily. Through this nature of throwing himself in, of risking everything, Doherty is one of the last great rock stars of the bygone 20th century. A dying breed, whose art has always been unconditional, composing impossible situational constellations: A Stranger in his own Skin, is both a Babyshamble’s song and a reference he makes to himself in one of the featured collages here."
from the catalogue preface SKIN IN THE GAME by Philipp Oehmke
Philipp Oehmke is an arts and culture writer at DER SPIEGEL magazine.
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