Rock Him
Robert Gordon McHarg IIITue 11 Dec 2007 - Sat 09 Feb 2008
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McHarg is a Canadian artist and underground gallerist, living and working in London. This exhibition presents 'HIM', a life-size statue of Charles Saatchi, and 'Rock Show', painted rocks.
McHarg is a Canadian artist and underground gallerist, living and working in London. This exhibition presents 'HIM', a life-size statue of Charles Saatchi, and 'Rock Show', painted rocks.

McHarg has created HIM, a life-size wax statue of Charles Saatchi, one of the world's most famous collectors of contemporary art. In recent years he has become a reclusive but intriguing figure. His influence to form opinion and success on new artists is unparalleled, his reputation as quietly moving through studios, galleries and art fairs, snapping up those that take his interest and dropping those of who he has had enough, makes him equally loved and loathed.



As Pygmalian looked to the ancient gods of Greece to shine on the statue he had created and bring life, McHarg is happy that by creating a life-size image of Saatchi, then he has somehow taken matters into his own hands, and collected the collector. "It's the biggest action figure I'll ever own, it's all about the artist collecting the collector, a David and Goliath battle over power and punch lines", says McHarg.



ROCK HIM presents the second statue of HIM in existence. McHarg having the first, this new second one of the edition of two, is the only one now available, and is for sale.



The exhibition of McHarg at Trolley also presented other work by the artist, 'Rock Show', a collective noun of brightly painted rocks with eyes.



McHarg has been living in London since the 1980s. His work is humorous and subversive, and rigidly adheres to traditional art nomenclature, such as the usage of editions. Trolley Gallery first presented his work at the Zoo Art Fair in 2006, including a 'Silver Spliff', and a hologram of alternating V signs, 'Peace Off'. An underground gallerist in the most literal sense, he also curates exhibitions at his Subway Gallery, a former shoe repair kiosk on the disused underpass at Edgware Road Tube station, London.



HIM BOOK, 101 different disguises of HIM, is also published and available from Trolley Books. It has been featured in The Observer, The Sun, Beaux Arts magazine and on Alan Yentob's 'Imagine' programme for BBC1 in November 2007.
Artworks will be added shortly