BE TRUE TO YOUR OBLIVION was a major solo exhibition at New Art Gallery Walsall by internationally renowned artist and former Turner prize nominee, Mark Titchner. An artist hugely inspired by Heavy Metal, Capsule invited Titchner to talk at the Metal Symposium in 2007 and have maintained a strong relationship with this artist throughout the Home of Metal project.

The exhibition

The exhibition featured newly commissioned works such as a video portrait of Nicholas Bullen, founding member of Napalm Death, and a banner carrying the Judas Priest lyric ‘I’ll choose my fate’, taken from the song ‘You don’t have to be old to be wise’. Shown in the gallery’s window box which can be seen from the street outside, the banner creates a link with Walsall Leather Museum’s display of the stage costumes of Judas Priest.

The exhibition also featured a re-worked version of ‘Be angry but don’t stop breathing’ in which visitors are encouraged to use the sculpture as a forum for public, vocal catharsis.