My work questions notions of an autocratic artist and institutional hierarchies.

In my opinion, we have become saturated in the performance and visual art sectors by sticky people, those who are curated and always programmed. To me, this presents a big problem to how I view galleries and theatres, as they became transfixed on specific artists (sticky people).
At the same time, however, it still gives me the drive to try and attempt something else, something other than this concept. This is the justification for why my work remains grounded and modest, combining my personal experiences of local family life with the aesthetic of the human body. My work contains rules, orders, and structures: retaining always an originality and authenticity to who I am and my own personal history.
Panel 1

A:U

A:U in 79 words: A:U is at the centre of our world: A:U is at the core of our humanity: A:U is in the aesthetic: A:U is in the absurd: A:U is music: A:U is art: A:U is a movement: A:U is A:U.

Au is the elemental code for GOLD. I will explore what Gold is, how it is used and seen culturally. How it is used in art and aesthetic. Referencing the Golden Ratio and queer aesthetic use of gold. Part lecture, part humour, part rabbit, part gold finger.

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Panel 2

Not In My Name

Not in My Name | DBLD Collective

This work is an abstract reaction to post-Brexit Britain and the situation the four of us are now living in. By paying homage to the late Jimi Hendrix’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock we provide our own reaction to the rise of nationalism and mock patriotic themes such as Rule Britannia. With themes of war, sex, western ignorance, and politics. Not in My Name is a surreal, rebellious and a multidisciplinary performance.

Not In My Name

Panel 3

Breath of the Author

LAVERACK spent three hours typing an academic paper whilst collecting his breath. This was a performance response to ‘The Death of the Author’ by Roland Barthes. In the original paper ‘Death’ and ‘Dead’ are mentioned; in this interpretation Breath is collected and Bread is eaten.

Below are some inspirational quotes from the book

“Literature is that neuter, that composite, that oblique into which every subject escapes, the trap where all identity is lost, beginning with the very identity of the body that writes.”

“…Bread…”

“Man does not exist prior to language, either as a species or as an individual. We never encounter a state where man is breathing”

“…Breath of the author…”

Panel 4

L’Exposition Images

Images from LAVERACK’s solo exhibition: L’Exposition at CASC | Contemporary Art Space Chester.