The performance-installation Scatterheart is a 30-minute action consisting
Mixed media including wood, metal, mattress and two television screens;
of four main parts: time, place, the artist’s body and the spectator. The work
is supported by a retro-style video which is shown on two monitors and by live
(Image shows a 3-D rendering)
music. The central element of the work is a heart-shaped wooden structure which is the focus of a system of allegories and metaphors and whose meaning is transformed during the performance. The artist follows a choreographed movement accompanied by music. He is initially located within the wooden heart. Using his body to lean the structure over, he breaks through its wall and escapes. The remaining action sees the artist making his way from the structure to a mattress against the far wall. The mattress has a body-shaped profile burned into it, and the artist’s ultimate aim is to fit himself against this profile. Through the artist’s own language and choreographed behaviour, Scatterheart presents an uncompromising vision through a protracted ritualised action.
Exhibition January 17-29, 2012 Location Phillips de Pury & Company Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB