In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst & Sarah Lucas
Tate Britain: Exhibition
3 March 31 March 2004
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  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Wallpaper: Damien Hirst Butterfly wallpaper 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Rear Centre: Damien Hirst The Pursuit of Oblivion 2004 (detail)
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Middle: Sarah Lucas Spam 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground: Angus Fairhurst The Birth of Consistency 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Rear left:Damien Hirst In His Infinite Wisdom 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Rear middle: Sarah Lucas Mary 2001 Courtesy Sarah Lucas, London
    Rear right: Sarah Lucas Christ You Know it Ain't Easy 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground: Angus Fairhurst A Couple of Differences Between Thinking and Feeling II 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Back Wall: Angus Fairhurst Underdone/Overdone Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Rear Centre: Damien Hirst Standing Alone on the Precipice and Overlooking the Arctic Wastelands of Pure Terror 1999-2000
    © the artist/Private Collection
    Middle left: Angus Fairhurst Undone 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Middle right: Angus Fairhurst Mnemonic Table 1997-2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground: Sarah Lucas Cnut 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Back Wall: Angus Fairhurst Underdone/Overdone Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Rear left: Sarah Lucas The Man Who Sold the World 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Rear right: Angus Fairhurst Four Billboards, Body and Text Removed 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground: Damien Hirst The Hat Makes the Man (After Max Ernst) 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Back wall: Angus Fairhurst Underdone/Overdone Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Rear left wall: Angus Fairhurst Four Billboards, Body and Text Removed 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Rear left floor: Damien Hirst The Hat Makes the Man (After Max Ernst) 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Rear right wall: Damien Hirst Standing Alone on the Precipice and Overlooking the Arctic Wastelands of Pure Terror 1999-2000 Private Collection
    Rear right floor: Angus Fairhurst Undone 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Sarah Lucas Cnut 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground-floor: Sarah Lucas All We are Saying is Give Pizza a Chance 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground-ceiling left: Sarah Lucas Spam Zeppelin 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground-ceiling right: Sarah Lucas Fuck the Egg Man 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Background: Sarah Lucas Pizza Wallpaper 2004
    © the artistCourtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Hanging work on the wallpaper: Damien Hirst Night Falls Fast 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Foreground: Sarah Lucas Cnut 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Back Wall: Angus Fairhurst Underdone/Overdone Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Rear left: Angus Fairhurst Mnemonic Table 1997-2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Centre: Sarah Lucas Cnut 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Wall - Right: Sarah Lucas Pizza Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Wall - Right Centre: Damien Hirst Night Falls Fast 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Wallpaper left: Damien Hirst Butterfly wallpaper 2003
    © the artist
    Paintings: Damien Hirst Remorse 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London; Damien Hirst Redemption 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Vitrine left: Damien Hirst Adam and Eve Towards the End 1999-2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Wall Right: Angus Fairhurst One Year of the News (1st January – 31st December 2003) 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Vitrine right: Damien Hirst Adam and Eve Exposed 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Ceiling: Sarah Lucas Cola Zeppelin 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Background: Damien Hirst In His Infinite Wisdom 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London
    Wall: Angus Fairhurst One Year of the News (1st January – 31st December 2003) 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground:Angus Fairhurst A Couple of Differences Between Thinking and Feeling II 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Background: Angus Fairhurst Underdone/Overdone Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground: Sarah Lucas Pigs Elation 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Installation

    Background: Angus Fairhurst Underdone/Overdone Wallpaper 2004
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
    Foreground: Sarah Lucas The Stinker 2003
    © the artist/Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

  • Damien Hirst Pursuit Oblivion detail

    Damien Hirst
    The Pursuit of Oblivion 2004 (detail)

    © the artist/Courtesy Jay Jopling, London

The name In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is taken from the title track of an LP released in 1968 by the West Coast rock band, Iron Butterfly. The song was originally going to be called ‘In the Garden of Eden’. Legend has it that the lead singer was so drunk when he first announced the song’s title that one of the band members wrote down phonetically the slurred words ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’.

The title suggests an overt theme: broadly, the contemporary consequences of the original myth of falling from grace. But the exhibition also reveals the differing formal and material approaches of three artists and how they use metaphor in diverse ways. Lucas uses earthy subject matter and commonplace, throwaway items such as pizza-delivery flyers and cigarettes; Hirst constructs complex installations inside vitrines and makes paintings using butterflies and flies; and Fairhurst’s material ranges from newspapers and billboards to bronze and resin.