Bobby Baker, Brendan Quick and Geraldine Swayne, Catherine Halpin, Dermot O’Brien, Elizabeth Manchester, Emma-Louise Boulding, Hattie Worboys and Richard Crane, Ian Bruce, Omiko, Jon Purnell, Kim Noble, Lee Holden, Martin Sexton, Nicole Wassall, Olivia Reynolds, Paul Sakoilsky, Russell Higgs, Sophie Aston, Tony Lee, Valentin Hertweck.
Bobby Baker – acclaimed performance artist, Bobby Baker, 58, recently performed ‘How To Live’ at The Barbican, where she appeared in the role of a shrink with an 11 step recovery plan for a pea. Since 1997, when Baker was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, she has exorcised her mental anguish by filming the comic and nonsensical rituals of her daily life.
Brendan Quick – Brendan’s materials are the humorous and tragic detritus of everyday life, the schlock/kitsch (‘gack’ in the artist’s own phraseology). His work concerns itself with memory, nostalgia and ‘the cybernetics of awkwardness’
Geraldine Swayne Although better known as a painter she is also a member of the legendary ‘Krautrock” band FAUST, and is currently finishing the group’’s first studio album in 25 years. In the tradition of Fluxus, her films and performances cross between media and are often informed by the relationship between mortal and supernatural life. Her latest project is a series of paintings based on the childhood of Lydia Lunch and she is a finalist in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize.
C.A. Halpin will present The Minotaur which formed part of a larger series of sculptures.”The fragility of the mental state is quite perfectly described by the composition of the Minotaur. He is made from found soft toys sewn together creating a being subject to many separate and differing states of being and consciousness bound together by the threads of physical and social constraints. This figure is bound by the semi transparent stricture that is represented by the cling bandage which act as almost invisible constraints of the past and of what is expected.”
Dermot O’Brien O’Brien’s work incorporates ordinary or utilitarian items, things that are not culturally loaded or that do not have a history as objects. The work often juxtaposes opposites, or there is an inversion of one opposite. Many pieces deal with language, codes and layers of meaning.
Elizabeth Manchester “My work is an attempt to give form to psychological and emotional states. In sculpture and drawing, bodies in fragments or in conditions of uncomfortable deformity provide metaphorical concretizations of aspects of my inner world. Some are triggered by psychoanalytical concepts; others by raw pain. Creating forms in two and three dimensions offers the possibility of some degree of control over an endless struggle of conflicting internal drives and a hope of some kind of redemptive healing.”
Emma-Louise Boulding is a performance artist, sculptor and psychic (specialising in remote viewing and tarot). On 18th September Emma-Louise will present a live performance where she gives psychic readings to members of the public based on their choice of images.
Hattie Worboys and Richard CraneHattie has been a choreographer, dancer and movement teacher for 15 years since graduating from the Laban Centre. Her performances are highly evocative audio-visual narratives which use multimedia installation and elaborate costume or worn-sculpture. Collaborating with actor Richard Crane, she has developed a movement workshop for Barmy Park.
Ian Bruce The charismatic lead singer of The Correspondents is also a very talented portrait painter. Ian will create a ‘collaborative portrait’ with Bonzo, one of Core Arts’ members.
Omiko Omiko is a writer / artist / digital media producer who uses performance, installation, video, text and communication media to explore shifting identities, communicative pathologies and our schizophrenic relationship with technology in the ‘Age of Communication’.
Jon Purnell Jon Purnell is a performance artist and mental health worker who is co-founder of Scare in the Community.
Nicky Wassall– Nicole is an artist who explores the view that mental events are caused by physical events in the brain, but have no effects upon any physical events themselves. Nicole was recently shortlisted for the Clifford Chance Sculpture Award and this year won a place in Survival 8 (Wroclaw, Poland).
Kim NobleWith no formal art training, Kim and 12 of her personalities (alters) became interested in painting in 2004 after spending a short time with an art therapist. These 12 artists each have their own distinctive style, colour and themes. Many are unaware that they share a body with other artists. ‘Ria’ and ‘Judy’ will appear in the show.
Lee Holden Lee’s installations examine the operations of advertising, television news, the National Lottery and other stereotypical forms of address so as to lay bare the fundamental contradictions inherent in their production and presentation and to explore mental conditioning and audience coercion via the instruments of mass media. The viewer is subjected to an intense, multilayered audio-visual display, one that parodies the media spectacle, turning its own technologies against itself.
Martin Sexton Sexton’s work continues to divide opinion, absorbing, challenging and transforming the world around him; he is at odds with the current precept that it is impossible to produce anything original or authentic. Everything he produces is heavy with myth and inherent narrative. He has made a site-specific work for Barmy Park.
Olivia Reynoldsmakes sculptural paintings from plywood, carving into the surface and applying material objects. Since graduating from her Goldsmiths MA last year, Olivia has founded the LoBe project space and gallery in Berlin. She will be making a site-specific installation about her experience of being misdiagnosed as bipolar for 15 years and taking Lithium.
Paul Sakoilsky– writer, ‘editor’ and artist, Sakoilsky recently grew to prominence as ‘editor-in-chief’ of The Dark Times 2007/9. Making use of London’s free newspapers he began ‘editing’ the covers with paint and collage, adding, altering and deconstructing image and text. He will be performing live as Kunsty the Clown and presenting video work.
Russell Higgs presents “999 Days: Russell Higgs Urban Barbarian”, 2006-9, a video work composed of 999 consecutive days of improvisational self portraiture. “It is principally about Being and Time. Among my primary interests was a desire to explore and work within fixed boundaries and commitments; I had to create each self portrait every single day before midnight.” The project was a natural progression from Naked Protest, exploring the idea that a culture’s power structure depends largely on how we look and how we are looked at.
Sophie Aston Sophie appeared in the John Moores 23 exhibition, 2004 and has exhibited in numerous group shows including exhibitions at Flowers East 2009, Sarah Meyerscough Fine Art and The Nunnery Gallery 2007, Second Space Redchurch Street 2006 and with Jibby Beane in 2000. Her work is represented in several private collections including those of David Roberts, Barney Moores and Gerry Fox. “’I Can’t Make Sense of Making Paintings’ is a piece of work I made some time ago when I ceased to find sense in any of the activities which had thereto defined my life. Mental illness, in my case, depression, passes. At the time, however, it is terrifying and feels final.”
Tony Lee makes screenprints based on intense drawings of heads and figures which are controlled, conscious designs. As a reaction against this discipline, he started making inkblots that he had less control over. They became ‘Psycho Wallpaper’, a work which references the test developed in the early 20thC by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach, used to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning.
Valentin Hertweck – is an up-coming artist represented by the prestigious Gitte Weise Berlin and was recently shortlisted for the Junge Kunst Prize. He will create a site-specific work about the “revolving door syndrome”.