Wednesday, 11 June 2014

'Art on Your Bike' Trailer

Richard Ducker
There is undoubtedly something very strange going on in Joshua Raffell‘s work. It is not that there are no precedents, Paul McCarthy being one of the more obvious. What troubles here is the lexicon of materials and the atmosphere it creates. Although it is a world populated by sexual (masturbatory) urgency, unlike McCarthy this is not the set of daytime TV. Neither does it use the device of repetition or the epic strung out performance. Rather, through the use of ‘crude’ hand made puppets, it sets this performative excess within a very English domestic as if the Id has suddenly interrupted a polite cup of tea – two sugars, and please don’t hit me Mr Punch! Although this then results in the abject of the settings they are fabricated with the consideration of an old lady’s crochet. This attention to craft places the violation is from within – and yet the viewer is left laughing, albeit a little nervously…
By Richard Ducker, (fieldgate Gallery) 2010
 This was the first Bike trailer that I made during my Artist in residence at studio1.1 I also showed this work at APT Gallery in 2010 with Q-art Fig1
 This was at Supernormal in Oxfordshire connected to Brazier Park in 2011. Fi2, Fig3
 Showing the work at studio1.1 and then at Hackney Wicked in 2012 Fi2, Fig4, Fig5
During 2012 I took part in a group show with 'No Walls Gallery' Fig6, Fig7 

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