Patrick Staff: The Foundation

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Patrick Staff: The Foundation


Patrick Staff: The Foundation
to Sun 12 Apr 2015
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Patrick Staff: The Foundation at Chisenhale Gallery, London, from February 20 to April 12, 2015

For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery London-based artist Patrick Staff presents The Foundation, a new film exploring queer intergenerational relationships negotiated through historical materials.

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Primarily citing the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles – a living archive and home to the collection of work of the erotic artist and queer icon and a community of people that care for it – alongside a series of physical performances in specifically built stage sets.

Staff’s installation invokes the Foundation as a set of relations, exploring how a collection is formed and constituted; care, illness and inheritance; and the communities that produce and are produced by public and private forms of preservation. Premiering at Chisenhale Gallery in Februray 2015, this new work is co-commissioned with Spike Island, Bristol, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane where the exhibition will tour throughout 2015-16.

Patrick Staff (born 1987), lives and works in London. Selected exhibitions, performances and screenings include Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making, Tate Liverpool; Communal Knowledge, The Showroom, London (both 2014); Mental Effort Before Action 1-5a-5b, South London Gallery, London; A Factory as it Might Be, International Project Space, Birmingham (both 2013); Chewing Gum for the Social Body, Tate Modern, London (2012); and Community Without Propinquity, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2011). He was a participant of the LUX Associate Artist Programme 2010 – 11 and was the inaugral LUX/White Building Collection Residency (2014) artist.

Courtesy the artist. Photography: Andy Keate.

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