Sometimes I Avoid People, 1991



Sometimes I Avoid People
Dimensions variable
Glass, steel, rubber tubes, gas cylinders and medical equipment
Image: Courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Group Exhibition - 2013
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Group Exhibition - 2010
Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 1991
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom


'Sometimes I Avoid People' is part of Hirst's early series 'Internal Affairs', many of which were shown in his first solo show in a public galley, (also called ‘Internal Affairs’) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1991. Explaining that he liked “the near nonsense of the logic”, Hirst made the series as a means of, “look[ing] into myself, to work out or try to work out why my body is separated from my mind or if indeed it is.”[1] Unlike most of his other series, ‘Internal Affairs’ contains works made in a variety of mediums. As the artist explained in 1991: “I thought the ideas involved in ‘Internal Affairs’ needed to be realized in more than one sculpture. It had to be approached from different angles.”[2]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Damien Hirst & Sophie Calle’, ‘Internal Affairs’ (ICA/Jay Jopling, 1991), unpag.

[2] ibid.