Simon Bayliss: Meditations in an Emergency
Plymouth College of Art
11 October 2018 - 17 November 2018
Meditations in an Emergency takes it's title from a poem by Frank O’Hara, written as prose-like musings on the subject of cultural identity and romantic heartbreak, spiked with landscape imagery.
The word meditations (plural), suggests a gathering of thoughts or expressions on a subject, while emergency sets the pace.
The starting point for the exhibition is the dance track, accompanying a new moving image work, which occupies the genre of acid trance. Simon Bayliss has been producing dance music for more than two decades and is influenced by the rave culture of East Devon and West Cornwall, where he grew up and now lives. The moving image work is inspired by the recent international controversy surrounding the homoerotic video of Russian air cadets dancing to Benny Benassi’s club anthem Satisfaction, and features material found online and filmed by the artist at an undisclosed location in Cornwall.
The exhibition also features ceramics, poetry and painting, building on Bayliss’ ongoing interest in working within craft-based traditions. Slipware pottery and en plein air landscape painting are staples within the artist's practice, through which Bayliss playfully explores painterly expression, as well as his conflicting feelings of reverence and irreverence towards the artistic legacies of Cornwall. Woven throughout the exhibition are explorations of rural and queer identity, romanticism and a surreal sense of place.
Simon will be performing as Splash Addict (with Susie Green) at closing event Further Meditations on Friday 16 November 9pm - 3am £3 entry
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