Ed Young, Still from It's not easy (2004)
25 January – 9 March 2008
Hollywood Remix presents the work of South African artist Ed Young and Mexican artist Artemio, both of whom take material from Hollywood blockbusters and re-fashion it to novel or comic effect. Appropriating sound and images from mainstream cinema, their humorous re-workings create thought-provoking, irreverent videos.
Young’s video It’s not easy (2004) takes scenes from the Superman films of the late 1970s and early 1980s to depict the super-hero as a real man wracked by anger, despair and self-doubt, and subject to the familiar hardships of family breakdown and heartache. The video plays to a soundtrack of It’s not easy by American band Five for Fighting, a song that became an unexpected hit in the United States when it was taken up as a popular anthem following the terrorist attacks of September 2001. Acknowledging that 'one cannot neglect the global political climate', Young has also described how the video had a more personal significance: 'It was meant to be a sort of apology for all the bad art I had shown in
Ed Young was born in South Africa in 1978. He lives and works in Cape Town. Artemio was born in Mexico in 1976. He lives and works in Mexico City.
Hayward Gallery / Southbank Centre website
Ed Young feature at artthrob.co.za
Watch Artemio's Apoohcalypse Now
Artemio, Still from Apoohcalypse Now (2002)