Global-a-go-go-for Joe (from In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume I)-Damien Hirst-1

Global-a-go-go-for Joe belongs to the 2002 portfolio of twenty-three etchings titled “In a Spin: The Action of the World on Things, Volume I” - Hirst’s first attempt to transform his concept of spin drawings and paintings into the print medium. “In a Spin: The Action of the World on Things, Volume I" represent the series, where Hirst took the etching medium to its limits: in order to create the spin sketches, the etching copper plates had to be fixed to the spin machine which then rotated at high speeds, forcing the sharp scratching tool to perform random movements. Global a Go-Go – for Joe – refers to Hirst’s friend, Joe Strummer, of the Clash who died suddenly in December 2002, eighteen months after releasing his album Global a Go-Go. This etching's colours are pastel hues of pink and aquamarine, with lines slighly blured yet vivid just like memory.

“ I need to communicate the here and now. I realised that you couldn't use the tools of yesterday to communicate today's world. „

Damien Hirst