at PRETEXTO in Pasto, Narino, Colombia, March 10th 2018.
An urge to convey something one feels, trying to sincerely communicate a lucid thought or emotion.
‘Have others done this, I feel something but am I being tricked?’
Then a doubt in the possibility of expression, seeing that true communication is impossible. Everything is misunderstood has to be explained in a literal way but the language breaks down and can’t rightly convey the intended meaning.
‘I can’t to this it’s impossible, everything fails.’
But working through this impossibility and frustration of what to do in this situation, with a sense of failure.
‘An enduring through the pitiless onslaught of time and making continuous attempts at communication, to each time failing but to failing better.’
Failure is now becoming inherent in my practice, so inherent it becomes woven into the fabric of the works.
This leading to tragic-comic play, toying with a way back into attempts at expression again that will always fail. Between this painful failure and an optimism of getting closer to expression, one may as well or has to resort to telling jokes or play games, gotta do something, keep going, accomplishing little, but going on, endure. Or talking about time, as if there is nothing left to talk about other than the passage of time, where all will decay into chaotic disorder.
Working with doubt comes from misunderstanding or being misunderstood, experiencing this not knowing or being able to know. Then finding art and making art where the misunderstanding is benign. Working with preconceived failure is a way to deal with the feeling I don’t understand and can’t be understood, possibly this inability could be understood. Through a process of working with objects, their function, material and duration to make sculptures, I am wanting to achieve, not a transcendental magic moment or true connection but some kind of twist or kick, a disturbance that can rupture perception.
Born 1988 in Nottingham, UK
Lives and works in Berlin (de)
nnausea, PRETEXTO, Pasto, Colombia, 10th to 24th March 2018
EBC – East Midlands Today, Two Queens, Leicester, United Kingdom, 22nd to 29th July 2017
INterLandaje, Kiosko Galeria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 16th November to 28th December 2016
FUNNY THE plants, Husslehof, Frankfurt am Main, 16th to 19th April 2016
Shared Flat, Hospitality, Köln, 16th to 22nd April 2016
Where I was tomorrow is where I am today, where I would be yesterday. Cave3000, Berlin, 20th to 22 November 2015
ÜBERMORGENKÜNSTLER, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 10th July to 4th October, 2015
Idiotsyncracies, Schau Fenster, Berlin, 23rd May to 14th June 2015
City Museum Hofheim, 9th May to 07th June 2015
Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 12th to 15th February 2015
Pashmina, MMK, Frankfurt a.M., 9th July to 10th August 2014
Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 8th to 10th February 2014
Dirt Talk 2, Kenzo, Frankfurt a.M. 11th April to 12th April 2013
Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 8th to 10th February 2013
?, Solalanotte, Frankfurt a,M, 23rd January to 3rd February 2013
Feuchters Schwämme, Luminale, Nordlicht Licht- und Werbetechnik GmbH, Offenbach, 15th to 20th April 2012
Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 10th to 12th February 2012
pomp - Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, 3rd to 18th February 2011
Versailles - The Gallery in Redchurch St. London, 9th to 13th February 2011
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010- A Foundation, Liverpool, 18th September to 13th November 2010 - ICA, London 26th November 2010 to 23rd January 2011
Snakes – Former Alliance Gallery, London – 16th to 18th August 2010
South East Art Feast – Utrophia Project Space, London – 15th to 31st July 2010
Camberwell College of Art Degree Show 2010, London -21st to 27th June 2010
Round 1 Exhibition – The Marlborough, London – 5th March 2010
139/5 – Trinity Buoy Wharf, London – 20th to 23rd May 2009
PanicRoom – The Foundry, London – 26th to 28th February 2009
Painter-Stainers’ Award in Easel Painting – 2010
2011- 2014, Class of Tobias Rehberger, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste -
Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany
2007-10,1st class BA (honours) Painting, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts
London, London, UK