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 is an artist whose practice is grounded in the physical. His encounters are attempts, each a working towards. Born in Sussex he lives and works in Cornwwall, UK.