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This piece is about the continual cycle of birth, death, birth, death - ad infinitum! It brings together human procreation and the fly as a signifier of death or dirt. W J Butt, the name found on the mount becomes a reference to the signature R. Mutt on Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (urinal) piece.

Time Flies When You're Having Fun by W J Butt Paul Hazelton Painting
Time Flies When You're Having Fun by W J Butt Paul Hazelton Painting
About Paul Hazelton

Paul Hazelton’s fascination with dust originated from a deprivation from these often unappreciated forms of matter. Brought up in a pristine home, the British visual artist was only allowed to draw with a pencil in the sterile setting of a covered table, where even the dust of his graphite pencil were swiftly rubbed and cleaned away. These forbidden particles would later preoccupy his practice.

Graphite Geometry

Through the medium of graphite, Hazelton creates complicated structures, like mind maps, with messages and ideas being transmitted along their pathways. The subjects of his drawings, although recognisable, become geometric webs of threadlike lines.

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