Taking place during the gallery’s twentieth anniversary year, Studio Voltaire presents concurrent exhibitions by Turner prize nominated Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and American photographer Anne Collier. Both exhibitions will be the artist’s first solo presentations to take place in a public gallery in London.
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s new film Hermitos Children 2 is the artist’s largest commission to date. Chetwynd has become well known for her carnivalesque live performances, which feature homemade costumes and a varying ensemble of friends and family. These performances share elements of the bawdy anarchy of sixteenth-century wandering troupes, foregrounding key moments from art history and cultural production. The film will be presented in the gallery within a large-scale installation incorporating a number of props and interiors.
Hermitos Children is an ongoing project that takes the form of an experimental television crime drama. Each episode follows female detective Joan Shipman as she uncovers and resolves emotional and debt management issues. Hermitos Children 2 involves blackmail, money management, catting (similar to dogging, but solely with women and on boats), children miraculously found at sea, and a cat cult. The film is comprised of staged cinematic sequences layered with live performances. Hermitos Children 2will be presented within a large-scale installation incorporating props and interiors from the production.
On Saturday 6 September 2014 a mega event will be held at Studio Voltaire. This live performance, referencing Cat People (1982) and Minoan bull-leaping, will be recorded and elements will be included in the final cut of the film.
Chetwynd has become well known for her carnivalesque live performances, which feature homemade costumes and a varying ensemble of friends and family. These performances share elements of the bawdy anarchy of sixteenth-century wandering troupes, foregrounding key moments from art history and cultural production.
Attendees of the event will be invited by Chetwynd and her troupe to become part of the performance by participating in The Iron Age Pasta Workshop in which guests will present their own handmade pasta necklaces to The Discerning Eye. With live aerialists and emphatic drumming, culminating in a choreographed dance number, this event is not to be missed.
Opening 12 October 2014, Studio Voltaire presents Hermitos Children 2, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s largest commission to date.
MARVIN GAYE CHETWYND ONE–OFF PERFORMANCE Saturday 6 September 2014 7.30pm – 11.00pm Limited Availability Tickets £5