Jeremy Deller has not been to art school, which is a bloody blessing for us as it means we can understand the words coming out of his mouth without having to go into cryptic crossword mode. And indeed, as with all his work, there is something very accessible about his third exhibition at Art: Concept in Paris.
Relating the past with the here and now is a central theme for Brit Deller, seen best in the images of kids bouncing up and down on Sacrilege (his inflatable replica of Stonehenge), as is the power of mass movement in his documenting of the post-Diana outpouring of grief. His juxtaposition of two seemingly similar clowns, one a symbol for corporate money-making and one who probably gets twatted in the face with custard pies all day (no prizes for guessing which one looks happier, although he does cheer up in later images) is a laugh… there’s always a sense of fun throughout Deller’s work.
The unconventional 2004 Turner Prize winner started off by exhibiting in his parents’ house, but has come a long way since then and will represent Britain in the forthcoming Venice Biennale. You can view the work of this sometimes humorous, sometimes cynical artist at the Rue Des Arquebusiers until 24th November.