- Thursday 30 November 2017 17.00 to 18.30
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London based artist Steven Claydon works in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, video and performance. His art is marked by a sustained focus on concepts of the artefact, the object, or the 'thing'. Often, his works highlight the ambivalent status of artefacts in society, and the ways in which knowledge is transmitted between cultures and epochs. A recurring focus of his practice is materiality, ranging from atomic structure to culturally-constructed meanings and properties. In addition to his practice as an artist, Claydon has also been involved in experimental electronic music for over 20 years, most notably as part of the bands Add N to X, Jack to Jack (with Mark Leckey) and Long Meg.
Claydon’s artworks span a broad spectrum of aesthetics, techniques and disciplines. Through collage and juxtaposition, he draws unlikely equivalences between different sources, challenging the authority of socially and historically accepted taxonomies and relationships.
In his recent work, Claydon has posed the question of whether objects and concepts – emancipated from specific uses and contexts – may be understood in terms of the evolutionary survival strategies seen in humans and animals. His latest exhibitions include The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Endurance Groups, at the Common Guild, Glasgow (2017), which presented a group of new works spanning sculpture, installation and sound, variously addressing the ideas of jeopardy and pressure; and Introduced Species of Micronesia, Mount Stuart Castle, Isle of Bute, Scotland (2017).
Born in 1969, Steven Claydon lives and works in London. He studied at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins. He has exhibited and performed internationally, and in 2016 he was nominated for the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. Other solo exhibitions include The Gilded Bough, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2016); Analogues, Methods, Monsters, Machines, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève (2015);The Fictional Pixel and The Ancient Set, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2015); Culpable Earth, Firstsite, Colchester, UK (2012); Mon Plaisir...Votre Travail.., La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2011); Golden Times, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2010); and The Ancient Set and The Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London (2008). His work has been presented in significant surveys including Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); and the Busan Biennial (2008). In 2015 he curated (with Martin Clark) The Noing Uv It, at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway; and in 2007 he curated Strange Events Permit Themselves The Luxury of Occurring, at Camden Arts Centre.
An extensive monograph on Claydon’s work was published in 2017 by CAC Genève and Mousse Publishing. He is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Free event, registration required, available from 9:00 on Tuesday 26 September 2017
Image credit: Hepworth Prize 2016 installation View, image courtesy Sadie Coles.