‘The Odyssey’

John Kindness
Fri 25 Nov 2022   -  Fri 30 Jun 2023
Wed - Sun 12.00 - 18.00
_ Venue: Laboratory Gallery

John Kindness presents a series of works based on Homer’s epic.

Inspired by James Joyce’s version of the Odyssey, Ulysses, Kindness draws on the detailed nature of the writing to inform the format of his visual representation, while employing his iconic ‘museum as medium’ approach to developing and exhibiting the work. 

The fundamental and timeless relevance of Greek mythology underpins Kindness’ endeavour and gives rise to his use of modern forms while staying faithful to Homer’s narrative and the natures of his characters. The hazards of Scylla and Charybdis are engraved onto a toilet seat, Odysseus’s teenage son listens to albums by ‘The Sirens’ and ‘The Gorgons’, and Poseidon advertises expensive underwater watches. William Morris, Iris Robinson and Desperate Dan all make appearances at various points.

Summerhall exhibits the work of John Kindness in two forms; the panelled ceiling of the Main Hall lined with printed images of the works, and next door in the Lab gallery, a display of some of the original objects. 

Access to Main Hall exhibition subject to event bookings – please contact info@summerhall.co.uk to check availability.