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Miklos Legrady
From December 1st 1984 to December 22nd 1984
I Want to Bite the Hand That Feeds Me

“I Want to Bite the Hand that Feeds Me” deals with the theme of love, romance, heartbreak and anxiety. It is an expression of anger at the conditioned behaviour within relationships, which is programmed in us all, the product of traditional attitudes absorbed through our lives.

This work presents the reverse side of the traditional clichés- it reveals the slimy thoughts and emotions under the dry stone (or better; the weight) of family, tradition, religious and legal pressures which rule our lives with outmoded and repressive expectations. We learn these expectations partly through the grapevine-popular myths of love, common stories, and everyday knowledge. Myths overheard as a child while the adults gossiped, myths whispered in the playground, repeated in locker rooms and around the punch table at the prom, venerated through teenage romance and college love, that ends in marriage or inevitably similar relationships that begin in divorce. “True love last forever”, “this marriage was made in heaven”, and of course “they lived happily ever after”.

On a formal level the notion of the popular permeates the imagery, casting a sarcastic net that traps content, subject, and style. The objects are novelty store, plastic cheap, toys and trinkets. The concept partakes of a psychology of symbolism drawn from Freud at his most misunderstood, and simultaneously appropriates and ridicules the use of culturally pre-contextualized subject matter.

Seen either as breathtakingly beautiful or as a surfeit of sensually exhaustive colours, the work stylistically integrates pop art and fabricated image, directorial mode photography along with the return of figurative image in art to synthesize a new image photography, whose subject is the effect of political attitudes in our daily lives.
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