Objects, moving image, audio, physical interventions – the debris of an attempt.
Grounded in a sculptural tradition of the physical encounter, the recent body bears the marks of attempted passage through space – taking place – in and for the moment.
“Common Sense” narratives concerning identity and othering are negotiated as spaces by a body regarded as a precarious object. Awkward humour is used to interrupt, to encourage those narratives to collapse in upon themselves.
Laced with problematic cultural references these crude attempts to stay sane manifest as challenges. Akin to a prank, each is an exploration of a limit, courting probable failure with a dad-joke punchline that may never come.
Gary Marshall-Stevens confronts the viewer with historical narratives laced with problematic cultural references. Dad jokes | memes | tropes are employed to navigate a constellation which shifts across topological and temporal space. Combining objects, moving image, live action and intervention – his work frames episodes which embody replete being. Employing strategies of disidentification and hyperidentification, current concerns challenge the binaries which underpin the proliferation of othering within gender, class and race debates.