Performed in the galleries of Tate St Ives in April this year, Judder Shudder: Act II (2018) combines costume and sculpture by Jonathan Baldock that will be animated and performed in together with artist/choreographer Florence Peake. Taking inspiration from the theatricality of Barbara Hepworth’s wheeled plinths in her studio at the Palais de Danse (St Ives) the performance blurs sculpture, costume and performer to create an act of absurd ritualism, at once humorous and tense, light and dark.
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 is a London-based artist who has been making work since 1995. A selection of recent exhibitions includes Andromedan Sad Girl, a collaborative exhibition with Tai Shani at Wysing Arts Centre (2017), RITE at Studio Leigh, London (2017), Walled Gardens in an Insane Eden, Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2017); The Keeners, SPACE, London; Voicings, Serpentine Gallery Offsite Project, London (2016); Lay me down, NoTT Dance Festival, Nottingham, UK; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (2015); Swell the Thickening Surface of, Hayward Gallery, London (2014); MAKE, BALTIC, Gateshead, UK; Swell the Thickening Surface of, Tintype, London (2013); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK; REMAKE, Baltic 39, Gateshead, UK; Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, UK (2012); Chorus; Paper Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London (2010).
The project is a collaboration with Bluecoat in Liverpool, and has received generous support from Stavanger Kommune, to commemorate Stavanger as European Capital of Culture 2008.
Image: Jonathan Baldock and Florence Peake, Judder Shudder 2018, performance at Tate St Ives April 2018 © Tate St Ives, 2018. Photo: Ian Kingsnorth