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A Barbie doll's face, close-up with facelift markings (crosses and lines in pen) on her face

Oliver Jones - Beyond Natural

Pastel on paper, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

A semi-naked man reclines in a dark tattoo parlour, where the tattoo artist's machine and its cable snake around the figures

Oliver Jones - Divine

Pastel on paper, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

A close up of the bottom part of a woman's face as she applies red lipstick

Oliver Jones - Get Red That Lasts

Pastel on paper, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

A mother waering a hooded towelling dressing gown holds a child in her arms. She seems to gaze at the child, but is really looking at her phone screen.

Oliver Jones - #motherandchild

Pastel on paper, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

A Barbie doll's face, close-up with facelift markings (crosses and lines in pen) on her faceA semi-naked man reclines in a dark tattoo parlour, where the tattoo artist's machine and its cable snake around the figuresA close up of the bottom part of a woman's face as she applies red lipstickA mother waering a hooded towelling dressing gown holds a child in her arms. She seems to gaze at the child, but is really looking at her phone screen.

Skin Deep

Oliver Jones - contemporary art at Berrington Hall

Coronavirus Statement

The Skin Deep exhibition at Berrington Hall is currently closed due to the ongoing Coronavirus health crisis. National Trust has closed its indoor spaces to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe and we support their decision.

Skin Deep was due to close in May, so we're looking at extending the end date into the summer/autumn - there should be a chance to see it once things have settled down. Keep safe and follow the guidelines when you are out and about.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

New dates to be confirmed

Meadow Arts is working in partnership with National Trust for a new exhibition, with contemporary artist Oliver Jones, that draws the past and present together to spark new conversations.

Berrington Hall is a remarkably handsome place. Designed for enjoyment and elegance, its pleasing aesthetics are reflected in both the landscape of Capability Brown, for whom Berrington’s pleasure grounds were a crowning glory and in the interior decoration of Henry Holland, who was the uncontested fashionable designer of his time.

In this second decade of the 21st century, the same ideas of perfection and beauty are disseminated on a scale unimaginable at the time of Brown and Holland, through the internet, advertising and, of course, social media. One of the main functions of these new media seems to be the re-presentation of these ideals: the perfect life, under the perfect surface (perfect face, body and skin).

Sometimes shocking, often melancholy or humorous, Oliver Jones’ images take their place in the beautiful interior of Berrington Hall. Like a sudden invasion of hyper-reality, they jar and stand out, but they also seem strangely at home. Graphically, these images respond to a new tech-driven iconology; they are cropped and framed to fit the screens on phones or tablets. Jones’ images are not portraits, rather they illustrate a need for attention; an almost macabre quest for beauty and perfection, whether through plastic surgery, skin treatments or body modification.

Skin Deep invites new interpretations of the Hall, looking for example at what belies the decoration and collections, cultural ideas of beauty, or portraiture etc. The exhibition also hopes to encourage new audiences to visit Berrington. The works present an opportunity to discuss issues like body consciousness, self-image, self-obsession, or societal ideas of self-hatred. This new cult of beauty and perfection, especially as expressed and experienced by ‘natives’ of the digital era, is often described as dangerous and alienating.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

 

Artists

Pieces/Installations

Venue

Berrington Hall
near Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 0DW
01568 615721
berrington@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

Mansion is open 11am - 5pm every day of the exhibition. The garden opens 1 hour earlier.

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