UPCOMING
22 March – 18 May 2024 – I can fit a fist in my mouth, curated by Seán Elder, Cubitt Artists, London, UK

When Passive Aggressive Strategies Fail to Get Results

A rough dark plywood rectangular bench on a parquet floor in front of a white wall. On top of the bench is a painting of the faced of a figure in a parker jacket and a baseball cap smoking on a sheet of A4 fluorescent paper with a sheet of glass over it.

My first solo show which was at Supercollider in Blackpool, UK. For this I was concerned with the interplay of production and consumption of cultural artefacts within identity construction. I was particularly thinking around fashion, sexuality and memes. I was wanting to work from a deskilled position in some gesture towards de-authorisation or democratic artistic production although this gesture was somewhat simplistic and flawed. This was by use of print-on-demand technology, found imagery, unfired clay, and wooden structures made by my dad. I also showed a video work which is on vimeo here. I love the painting.

The day the show opened it was incredibly windy, and my family came early. A family matriarch Nana Lil went around and picked up every item looking at it carefully before putting it back in the wrong place. While I smoked outside feeling anxious a drunk lad came to ask what was going on, he said it looked crap and walked off. He then turned around and came back, explaining to me how his girlfriend had just broken up with him and he had been sat on the pleasure beach alone heartbroken. He said he had some videotapes we could watch at his and tried to persuade me to come back to his and keep him company, but I declined.

Empty looking white gallery with a parquet floor, door open and light on at the back. In the front is a freestanding plywood shelving structure with some mousemats on it. To its left is a squat circular platform with a textile hanging off it.
Empty looking white gallery with a parquet floor and a pink picture on the wall. In the front of this is  is a squat circular platform with a textile hanging off it. To the side of this is a rough dark plywood rectangular bench with paper and glass on it.
On a bottom plywood shelving structure on a parquet floor sit three white print on demand mugs. One has a line drawing of the ass of some jeans, one has a still from a 1970's Jean-Daniel Cadinot film, and a photograph of some denim wear.
On a bottom plywood shelving structure on a parquet floor sit two mousemats and a lump of handled clay. One mousemat is the scanned lining of a sports jacket and the second is a black and white still life photograph.