a performance by Joel Kyack at Workplace London, October 15th at 7pm
Workplace London 61 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2GB www.workplacegallery.co.uk
YOUR OPTIMISM FILLS GRAVES marks the first UK performance by Joel Kyack.
Drawing on his interest in object-based performances, Kyack will utilise the setting of Workplace London to engage the audience as both co-creators and intimate witnesses. Dealing in themes of interdependence, endurance, freewill and death, Your Optimism Fills Graves will explore the hand of the maker in live-time through the use of traditional and non-traditional materials and processes. Clay, wax, plastic, ceramics, wood, power tools, pumps and liquids will share a stage in the creation of sculptures, fountains, drawings, and sounds. Questions of individual agency will be introduced, considered, transformed and destroyed, as a sea of options builds into a mess both overwhelming and inspiring.
Joel Kyack was born in 1972 in Abington, Pennsylvania, USA. He received his BA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995, studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2004, and received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Old Sailors Never Die, Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles; Superclogger, a public project produced in collaboration with The Hammer Museum and LA>River / Stream / In-Between, Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Point at The Thing That's Furthest Away, Praz-Delavallade, Paris; Terms / Proposals / Demands, SSZ Sued, Cologne; The Knife Shop at Kunsthalle LA; Recent performances include: All The Instruments Agree at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and at the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. As well as Workplace Gallery, Kyack is represented by François Ghebaly in Los Angeles and Praz-Delavallade in Paris. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
YOUR OPTIMISM FILLS GRAVES is part of the two person exhibition featuring new work by British artist Eric Bainbridge and Joel Kyack. For this show Bainbridge is presenting a new series of iconic paintings made from synthetic fur fabric, whilst in his first London presentation Kyack is showing new sculpture and painting.
Exhibition continues: 10th October - 21st November 2015
Friday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm (or by appointment)
Frieze Week Opening Hours
Tues 13th - Sun 18th October, 10am - 6pm (and by appointment)
for more information please visit http://www.workplacegallery.co.uk/exhibitions/
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.