Other Criteria is an arts-based publishing company co-founded by Damien Hirst. With spaces in London, Ilfracombe and New York, Other Criteria has established itself by producing an array of unique artworks, art publications and limited editions in a variety of media. Whether you are a fan of Hirst’s work or not, there will undoubtedly be something for you on this site. Artists include David Birkin, Josh Cheuse, Jeff Koons, Rankin and The Hours. These sit coherently alongside the more internationally renowned Banksy, Tracey Emin, David Bailey and of course Damien Hirst himself. It’s safe to say there is some really weird, trippy shit on display. And we love that.
Having browsed this site a number of times, but admittedly less and less frequently, it was my colleague that brought to my attention the fact that items from Damien Hirst’s Poisons + Remedies body of work are on sale. There’s nothing I like more than black T-shirts and skulls, he knows me so very well. The t-shirts are made from 70% Bamboo Viscose & 30% Organic Combed Cotton, and all half price. Sadly the box Poison T-shirt box set is sold out, and really not surprising considering you would have got all thirty-four designs in a big black box of badassery, for half price.
Something that got me even more excited however was the Poisons + Remedies book. Published on the occasion of Hirst’s exhibition, at Gagosian Gallery’ in Davies Street, London in October 2010, Poisons + Remedies publishes Hirst’s series of large-scale oil paintings depicting the skull to represent poison, and pills to represent remedies. The books plastic cover is a reference to blood bags and saline drips. There is a book for the poisons in one side of the sleeve and the remedies on the other side. There are 76 images displayed – all of the poisons + remedies works Hirst has made are included, plus two studio shots. The loosely inserted duratran is an x-ray of the artists skull shown face on and in side profile. And in perhaps a nod to his rebellious nature, and love of punk, the lyrics to “Poison” by The Prodigy are included on a page strewn with rainbow coloured pills.
You can view the book, t-shirts and many more items on Other Criteria here.