Colin Self

Hot Dog Sculpture

1965

Artist
Colin Self born 1941
Medium
Resin, fibreglass, metal and wood
Dimensions
Object: 110 x 1220 x 120 mm, 6.4 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1994
Reference
T06904

Not on display

Display caption

Hot Dog Sculpture draws on a typical source of inspiration for Pop art: fast food, which symbolised the advent of a new, fast-paced society. While many 1960s artists celebrated consumerism, Self's works are more critical, emphasising the darker side of the decade. Here, for example, the charred look of the hot dog relates to his anxiety about nuclear holocaust. Self commented that there was a 'conspicuous absence of twentieth-century iconography in twentieth-century art - until Pop Art'.

Gallery label, August 2004