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August Kunnapu - How Men Are
(Group Exhibition)
9 October - 9 November, 2007

How Men Are a group exhibition of new work by Mat Humphrey, August Künnapu, Mark Mcgowan, Christopher Owen, Harry Pye, Kes Richardson and Gavin Toye featuring drawing, painting, sculpture, text, video and performance that coincides with the 40th anniversary of Valerie Solanas publishing her SCUM manifesto. Solanas, who is best known for shooting Andy Warhol, claimed that men are biological accidents or "walking abortions". She argues that to be male is to be deficient as all men are "emotional cripples". The male artists contributing work to this show are all painfully aware of their faults and weaknesses but still feel they have something to give. The title of this show comes from a line of a song Roddy Frame wrote in the 1980's - "Why should it take the tears of a woman to see how men are?"

August Kunnapu likes his paintings to be pure and simple. An Estonian writer called Hanno Soans observed that everything Kunnapu touches with his paint brush turns into a self portrait and added the artist also had, "an unbelievably sincere faith in the healing quality of good painting." August's work in the show is inspired by his father, uncle and other positive male role models.



August 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 70 cm




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