Launching on Tuesday October 3, 2017, Awakened Artist founder Alexander de Cadenet presents for the first time in the UK at St. Stephen Walbrook church a series of bronze and silver sculptures featuring ‘consumables’ that contain deeper spiritual messages. The works include a selection of his ‘Life-Burger’ hamburger sculptures and Creation – a larger scale shiny bronze apple with three bites taken from it – two adult bites and baby bite in between.
Creation, bronze, 55 cm diameter, edition of 9, 2017
Art historian Edward Lucie-Smith has written, “The Life-Burgers offer a sharp critique of the society we live in and yet simultaneously they are luxury objects in their own right”.
L.A. art critic Peter Frank has written, "We're at a moment in modern history where the excess has gotten staggeringly wretched. Oligarchs worldwide shock us and shame themselves with their conspicuous consumption -- a consumption that extends to the rest of us, as consumed no less than as consumers. Alexander de Cadenet encapsulates this emerging neo-feudal order in his gilded and multi-decked burgers. For the meta-rich, the world is their fast food joint, and their appetite insatiable.
L.A. art critic Shana Nys Dambrot has written that the ‘Life-Burgers’ are an “illustration of how the initial appeal of beauty might give way to a darker meaning over time”.
Patrick Howe, author of The Awakening Artist has written, “de Cadenet’s Life-Burgers…conjure a fattening materialism that works like a toxic cholesterol on the spiritual heart”.
Buddha Burger, Bronze gold plated, unique edition, 2015
Trump Burger, solid silver and gold plated, unique edition, 2017