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Mat Collishaw's Last Meal on Death Row in Florida

August 19, 2013 by Kay

August 10 - October 13th

Mat Collishaw Gary Miller, 2011 c-print 31 x 24 in Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

The Bass Museum of Art is proud to present a solo exhibition by London-based artist Mat Collishaw. An artist whose wide-ranging practice includes sculpture, photography, and new media, Collishaw explores dark and subversive subject matter, often dealing with issues that are morally and politically charged. In his photographic series Last Meal on Death Row, Texas, Collishaw utilizes the style Baroque still life painting to portray the final meals requested by inmates on death row. In a fitting juxtaposition, the emotional and psychological gravity of each last meal portrayal resonates with the tradition of still life painting, a genre rife with overtones of mortality, isolation, and decadence. The fact that Collishaw uses inmates from the state of Texas also adds to the political overtones of his work, as Texas has had the highest number of executions since 1976, more than any other state. Interestingly, the act of fulfilling inmates’ requests for final meals in Texas ended in September 2011 after a state legislator’s outcry against the excessiveness of recent meals.

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