Russell Herron's 69 Magazines (Martine McCutcheon)

Russell Herron presents the fourth part of his epic five part work, A Short History of Looking and Being Looked At (2004 – 2008): a meditation on life, death, celebrity, history, identity and perception – all explored through a collection of 69 magazine covers featuring lovable cockney actress and singer Martine McCutcheon. The magazine covers date from 1996, when she first appears only as ‘Tiffany’, her character from Eastenders, to 2003 when she regularly becomes ‘Martine’. This follows on from the previous three parts which presented 69 magazines covers each of Jordan (Katie Price), Jayne Mansfield and Geri Halliwell, and preceeds the fifth and final part which will feature Catherine Zeta Jones.

Russell Herron is probably most well known for running the ICA Bookshop and for writing his cult online diary of private views at London galleries (see below). Armed only with a digital camera, a love of art and a raging thirst for alcohol, he raced round the openings and launches of the London artworld in an epic attempt to record what it was like to be an artist in London in 2006. Mostly, though, he just got completely pissed. He hates the word ‘blog’, ‘blogger’ and, most of all, especially, ‘blogosphere.’

Before all this, he spent the 90s working under the completely different and slightly confusing name/logo/brand ‘SR’, producing bits of art as stickers, flyers, magazines, carrier bags and print adverts. Then he showed part of an 8 year collection of disposable lighters picked up off the street, as well as throwing away pieces of paper and calling that art too. He collects blank pages from fashion magazines, has exhibited his own name as art (check out his website: ) and takes a photograph of his left hand every day. He has contributed writing and images to small press magazines like Arty, Critical Friend, Garageland, Leisure Centre and Tangent, and a couple of years back was a judge for the Emap fanzine awards - which today means that any journalist writing about the zine scene usually ends up asking him for a quote. He also hates the word ‘zine’.

Most recently he co-curated PRIVATE: STAFF ONLY at the ICA, London in which the artworks were displayed exclusively in non public access areas of the building (which some people saw as utterly pointless). Somewhere across all of this he would say that the work he does explores identity, history, place and perception. But then he would, wouldn’t he? He’s been doing all this for years and, bizarrely, shows no sign of letting up