Paul McCarthy’s new solo exhibition “Spin Offs: White Snow WS. Caribbean Pirates CP” currently at Hauser & Wirth Zürich is a series of vivid red bronzes mark the latest iteration of the White Snow series, while the Caribbean Pirates series features a monumental assemblage installation and new resin block sculptures.The exhibition’s main title, ‘Spin Offs’, makes reference to the entertainment industry term classifying new products evolving from a popular programme or film. Casting familiar characters in unfamiliar guises, McCarthy takes the spin off to an artistic extreme. As the artist has said, ‘It’s a way of doing things: flip it around on itself so it’s a new world’. McCarthy usurps the well-known of popular culture both in forms and titling (Snow White becomes White Snow [WS], and Pirates of the Caribbean becomes Caribbean Pirates [CP]), to create a whole new world.
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