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Rankin and Hirst's Myths, Monsters & Legends

September 28, 2011 by Kay

Rankin and Damien Hirst - Myths, Monsters and Legends Rankin Gallery, Los Angeles 13th October – 5th November

Rankin and Hirst leverage their respective creative mediums and shared dark wit in a project born out of a joint fascination with the ancient world, and an interest in contextualizing it in a modern environment. ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends’ is an exploration of imagined narratives and monsters of past civilizations, viewed through a modern lens.

Both are known for their fearless approach, pushing boundaries and pressing buttons in pursuit of the creation of iconic imagery that raises questions and provokes debate. Model, Dani Smith, was the inspiration in bringing their shared vision to life. Smith was integral to the project - the concept was created and evolved around her. The trio worked together to create menacing beasts and ethereal bodies from mystical times.

When Damien Hirst asked Rankin what made him want to do the ‘Myths, Monsters and Legends’ project, Rankin replied “ It was you, man! You excited me with it; I wanted to be a part of it. I always have dreams about monsters, devils and evil: I get a lot of my ideas from my dreams. I have a fascination with fantasy and reality, and bringing the two together to make people go, “Wow”. That's what photography is. It can steal your soul, if only for a split second. Plus, I'm a sucker for anything to do with Rome or Greece.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Rankin website.