Crank it up to Eleven
It's new. It's art. And it's from the West Midlands.
Mid-90s TV puppet duo Zig and Zag have been slaughtered and skinned and hooked up to a stereo system in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Okay, okay, that's not true but the increasingly off-the-wall and increasingly brilliant New Art West Midlands is back at BMAG for its annual showcase of emerging local genius artists and the above is one of a number of centrepieces. The fur isn't actually furry at all. It's thermoplastic rubber and polyurethane foam, that maddening material you found on furb balls. The eye-irritating carpet of technicoloured nightmare fuel — entitled Flesh Party, by Larissa Shaw — actually sits over the stereo system and shakes at varying degrees of furiosity depending on what, at times unsettling sounds, are coming from within. And, flipping the Vs to the usual "do not touch" art pieces, you're encouraged to get all hands-on with this one. The show runs at BMAG until May 6 and is also showing at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke (until March 31) and The Herbert Gallery in Coventry (until 13 May). Free
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