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Richard Hawkins

Richard Telles Fine Art

Begin with the fact that beauty leaves you at a loss, fumbling for the life you had before you encountered it as if it were a key to something crucial. Alfred Jarry referred to it as “monster.” Richard Hawkins quotes him on his website: “It is conventional to call ‘monster’ any blending of dissonant elements; the Centaur and Chimera are defined this way to people who do not know them. I call ‘monster’ every original inexhaustible beauty.”

Hawkins’ ongoing project is to test the limits of originality and (seeming) inexhaustibility, limits that for him are partly embodied in certain examples of masculinity working itself out in the pages of fashion glossies, star magazines, stroke manuals—in other words, in life. To further his search for the thing (beauty) that is standing apart from him, for its distance and temporal dissonance, he often juxtaposes (or transfigures) the objects of his

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