In an imposing installation that echoes the omnipresent construction sites of Elephant and Castle, Goddard comments on the complex relationship between capitalism and art.
Comprising photographs developed onto plywood, blackboard drawings, and Perspex comic book characters, this complex relationship is mirrored in the works materiality.
The commission touches on a range of topics that have preoccupied the artist in recent years, including gentrification and the fetishisation of urban decline, anarcho-individualism, class politics and the relationship between art and the modern city. The comic book figures that animate the dense, dark backdrop, explicitly reference these preoccupations – a monster bursts through the library wall, comically didactic in explaining the complexity of the unique against capital worth. A figure styled on Goddard himself appears over and over. His t-shirt reads ‘I crave the vitality of the past but all I got was this lousy t-shirt’. As in Goddard’s politically loaded works in video and performance, this installation undermines itself with a self-defeating black comedy.
Patrick Goddard is an artist and writer working in London. Completing an MFA at Goldsmiths University in 2011, he is currently studying for a doctorate at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, in Fine Art practice. Recent shows include: Go Professional, Seventeen Gallery, London April-June 2017; Looking for the Ocean Estate, Almanac Projects, London, Nov-Dec 2016, Gone To Croatan, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, May-June 2015; Revolver II, Matt’s Gallery, London, November-December 2014.