September 13, 2018

Judder Shudder: Act II at Kunsthall Stavanger

Judder Shudder: Act II at Kunsthall Stavanger

By Heather Jones



Kunsthall Stavanger invites you to a special performance with British artists Jonathan Baldock and Florence Peake this Friday, September 14 at 6pm.

British artist Jonathan Baldock works across multiple platforms including sculpture, installation and performance. His multi-media sculptures, immersive installations and performances often take on a biographical form through which he addresses the trauma, stress, sensuality, mortality, and spirituality around our relationship to the body and the space it inhabits. Concerned with removing the functional aspects of the materials he engages (namely textiles and ceramics), Baldock instead works in a performative way through his sculptural assemblages bringing the viewer, the object and the space they occupy into question as a ritual act or theatre.

For his performance at Kunsthall Stavanger titled Judder Shudder: Act II, Baldock works with long-time collaborator, artist, and choreographer Florence Peake to create an intimate performance that blurs delineations between sculpture, costume, performer, and audience to create an act of absurd ritualism, at once humorous and emotionally tense. Originally performed in the galleries of Tate St Ives in April, 2018, Judder Shudder: Act II took inspiration from the theatricality of Barbara Hepworth’s wheeled plinths in her studio at the Palais de Danse (St Ives). The work has been reimagined for Kunsthall Stavanger's space and combines costume and sculpture to be animated and performed by the artists together with local artists Elisabeth Gangnes and Lene Aareskjold.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between Baldock and Adam Smythe, Curator at Bluecoat. The project is a collaboration with Bluecoat in Liverpool.

Jonathan Baldock was born in 1980 in the UK. Solo shows include There's No Place Like Home, CGP, London; My Biggest Fear Is That Someone Will Crawl Into It, SPACE, London, Jonathan Baldock, OneWork Gallery, Vienna (2017); The Skin I Live in, Nicelle Beauchene, New York (2016); The Soft Machine, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Hot Spots, The Apartment, Vancouver (2014) and A Strange cross between a Butcher's Shop and a Nightsclub, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2013). Group exhibitions include Love Life: Act 3, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Love Life: Act 2, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Offshore, artists explore the sea, Maritime Museum, Hull (2017); Conversation Piece - Part 3, Fondazione Memmo, Rome; Love Life: Act 1, PEER, London; Baldock Pope Zahle, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Seepferdchen und Flugfische, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen (Germany) (2016); Archetypes, Power, and Puppets, College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM), Wooster, OH (USA); Only the Lonely / Seuls les solitaires (curated by Elina Suoyrjö), La Galerie centre d’art contemporain, Paris (Fr) (2015); Warm Bodies (a two-person show with Olga Balema), Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, (NL) (2014). Forthcoming solo shows include Camden Arts Centre (2019)

Florence Peake’s practice encompasses visual art, dance and performance. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally; Performance and installation work RITE: On this pliant body we slip our WOW! has toured to Palais de Tokyo, De La Warr Pavilion and SITE gallery 2018. RITE solo show at Studio Leigh 2017. Solo performance piece Voicings has toured to Sara Zanin Gallery Rome, 2017 the Serpentine Gallery, Mysterical day 2016, Somerset House for Block Universe performance festival. The Keeners Solo show at SPACE 2015, Hall of the swell Gallery Lejeune 2015, The BALTIC, Newcastle ensemble piece MAKE; Hayward Gallery- a 3 month performance installation as part of the Mirrorcity show, National Portrait Gallery, performing group work Paper Portraits. Commissions from; Whitechapel Art Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Modern Art Oxford; Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Harris Museum, Preston, David Roberts Art Foundation. Peake is the recipient of the Jerwood Choreographic Research project 2016.

The project has received generous support from Stavanger Kommune, to commemorate Stavanger as European Capital of Culture 2008.

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