Artist Jeremy Deller's newest installation 'English Magic' is currently on display in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale as a criticism and analysis of British identity. Described as the antithesis to the pro-British opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics, Deller's collection addresses Britain's recent foreign policy scandals and other uncomfortable issues.
While the collection is evened out somewhat with Deller's usual uplifting British identity pieces, including his Stonehenge works, the overall effect is one of doom and despair. 'English Magic' is an eerie collection that many British citizens have criticized for being too critical, yet it remains effective and thought-provoking.
Jeremy Deller has always stirred the pot with his radical works and 'English Magic' is no different. Its critique of contemporary issues, analysis of British identity as a whole and eerie artistic styles make this installation memorably shocking.
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