Colin Self

Hot Dog Sculpture

1965

Not on display
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

Display caption

Fast food was a typical subject for pop art in the 1960s. It symbolised consumerism and a new fast-paced society. Self’s Hot Dog Sculpture provides a more critical take, emphasising the darker side of the decade. The blackened hotdog relates to military conflict, its charred appearance illustrating the artist’s anxiety about a possible nuclear holocaust.

Gallery label, August 2018

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