Bruce Gordon Gets Tattoed
On Saturday, March 29, Bruce Gordon, a well known Cape Town art personality, will be exhibited at the South African National Gallery as a work of art. Bruce Gordon, the found object, was a project initiated by young artist Edward Young. The work was purchased for R52 000 at the Michaelis School of Fine Art annual auction and donated by Suzy Bell to the National Gallery. The event attracted some media attention, even making the Sunday Times. The work now forms part of the permanent collection of the Gallery.
As a precursor to his display, Gordon will be tattooed Tuesday, March 18 at the National Gallery, between 1p.m and 3p.m. The tattooing is necessary as all objects acquired by the gallery must have an indelible accession mark applied to them. The artist, Edward Young, and exhibition curator, Andrew Lamprecht, will also be tattooed. Lamprecht describes this act as an act of artistic solidarity, or as he frames it personally, a "sympathy tattoo".