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The Sermon

Ian Breakwell
1983
15mins Colour Sony U-Matic video

The Sermon

A middle-aged Catholic priest fulminates in an increasingly grotesque manner on the thesis that "the inhumane imposition of law is obscene".

Sourced from various law books and even Baden Powell's instructions to Boy Scouts, the piece is equally reminiscent of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. As the priest spits and sweats, his "sermon" is increasingly filled with references to dirty bodies and unclean thoughts and the original subject is lost in his obsession with opportunities for carnal sin.

Exhibited in the show Votive: Sacred and ecstatic bodiesat the Adam Gallery.

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