This will be a new work commissioned by Wewiora Projects for Northern Art Car Booty and two performances of the piece will take place on Sunday 30th August 2015.
Expanding on a costume piece made the previous year – a hybrid of clothing and architectural shapes – the work has been developed since as the first official collaboration between my twin sister Ruth Eaton and I (although she has been sewing various things behind the scenes for me over the last few years). Ruth is interested in workwear and the functionality of clothing.
Using three performers and more complex forms, ‘Basic Principles for Building Construction’ will depend on the tension between the three bodies to build and maintain a space; dress becomes wall, body becomes support and the walls finally collapse to become soft wrappings once more. Images are from Ruth’s recent ‘Strategy’ and ‘Utility’ collections.
Build-up, a work originally made with the support of Castlefield Gallery for my exhibition there with Hayley Newman in 2013, has been purchased by the Arts Council Collection.
On Sunday 7th April, four acrobats will perform for around one hour in Castlefield Gallery, as an extension or further exploration of the film work in the exhibition. The exercises they perform will be a repetition of certain structures, because they cannot hold the shape for long, it will have to be built over and over again.
Visitors are welcome to drop in and out of the performance – expect weary acrobats by the end! More information about the event/location etc HERE
The exhibition with Hayley Newman has been reviewed in the April edition of Art Monthly by Martin Herbert.
A short excerpt of ‘Build-Up’ on Vimeo below (url link HERE.) Not sure it really works too well as documentation – the layers and the way the bodies interact with them gets lost somehow, but perhaps it gives an idea…
The exhibition with Hayley Newman is open and will be in until 7th April. There’s a couple of events coming up at Castlefield Gallery…
23rd March at 3.30pm – A panel discussion with Hayley Newman, curator Bridget Crone and moi.
7th March – Build-Up: A practice at 3.30pm. Four acrobats will perform a series of construction exercises inside the gallery.
Tracey Warr has written a really wonderful essay to accompany the exhibition: PDF Here.
The next exhibition I will be showing in is ‘Head to Head’, a two-person show with Hayley Newman at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
Opening is Thursday 28th February. More information HERE.
14 January – 19 February 2012
Jon Barralough · Mark Beecroft · Andrea Booker · Eileen O’Rourke · Jessa Fairbrother · Richard Proffitt · Lucy Ridges · Emily Speed · Cherry Tenneson
Cornerhouse is delighted to present Lost is Found, a group show of nine artists’ work exploring the beauty of the disposed in Gallery 1. Curated and developed by the Creative Stars, 19 talented young people from the Greater Manchester region, the exhibition examines the themes of rebirth, identity and fragility which are discovered through a range of visual art media including sculpture, photography, and drawing. Continue reading