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Gary Stevens | Slow life, 2002 | five-channel video installation with sound

Gary Stevens Slow Life, 2002 (installation view)

Gary Stevens Slow Life, 2002 (installation view)

Gary Stevens Slow Life, 2002 (installation view)

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For his first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, Gary Stevens will present a five-screen video installation with sound. Slow Life has developed from Stevens’ live performance work, in particular from the performance/ installation And, where ordinary action is repeated and fragmented. In Slow Life, momentary encounters between the performers are extended and held to become intimate exchanges.

The unbroken, real-time shots of domestic scenes explore innocuous, seemingly insignificant events. Everyday incidents are played very slowly. The consciousness of each performer escapes the intention of their slow action. As the nuances change in the slowly shifting picture, the subtle inference of relationships and situations is constantly modified. There is an acute awareness of being alive, of horror and of wonder. Elements within the picture – a fire, running water – are reminders that time has not slowed down. Unlike a fixed image that arrests and holds onto a moment, here moments inexorably slip by.

The performers’ sense of awkwardness and isolation alerts the viewer to the imperfect stillness. Sounds from the video images invade the space to create an uneasy sense of instability. The movement produces inadvertent and painful noises of creaking, cracking floorboards and furniture in the performers attempt to be silent.

Credits: Lighting and camera Paul Bush, David Gopsill and Martin Jones; Sound Graeme Miller; Original sound recording Kate Tierney

Performed by Phyllida Barlow, Fabian Peake, Florence Peake, Clover Peake, Edward Peake; Brain Catling and Sarah Simblet; Martin Jones and Emma Bernard; Julian Maynard Smith and Gary Stevens; Mark Wayman, Rosie Thwaites and Rachel Gomme

There will be two live performances by Gary Stevens with guests on Sunday 19 January and Sunday 23 February at 6.30pm. Performances will be held at Matt’s Gallery and are free. Each event will comprise of different experimental sketches related to Slow Life.

Matt's Gallery in association with Artsadmin.
This exhibition has been generously supported by Combined Arts



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Biography
Gary Stevens born London, 1953. Lives and works in London. Education: Goldsmiths College, 1973 76; Slade School of Art, 1981 83. Awards: Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (New York),1996 The Paul Hamlyn Award (Visual Arts),1998 One to One bursary, Live Art Development Agency 2006. Solo exhibitions and projects include: Slow Life, commissioned by and presented at Matt’s Gallery, London in 2003 Since then it has been shown as part of Tales of the City, Artefiera, Bologna; Melbourne Festival, Australia, 2004 to be continued…/ jatkuu, Helsinki Photography Festival, Finland 2005 Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 2006 and Southampton City Art Gallery, 2006 Robin Hood: the Stuff, written and performed for radio, Nottingham 1998 and Talking Still Life, 1999-2000 for a website. Solo performances include: Simple, 1993 Stuff, 1993 Thread, 1997 – 2005 Five-Minute Objects, 1999 La Maison / House, 1999 – 2005 and Not Tony, 2004 - 2005. Selected group exhibitions and ensemble performance pieces include: Sydney Biennale, 1988. The British Art Show, 1990. Invisible Work, 1984-86, If the Cap Fits, 1985-88, Different Ghosts, 1987-88, Animal, 1989-90, Name, 1991-1993 and Sampler, 1995 And, a continuous live installation for ten performers, first shown at the South London Gallery, 1997 and subsequently at MOMA, Oxford, 1998 Desviaciones, Madrid, 2000 Theatre Asenic tour of Switzerland, 2002 and PanoramaRioArte, 2002, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Reflection, 2000 Here and There, 2002 and Pieces of People, an outside performance for the Henry Moore Foundation at the sculpture park in Perry Green, England, June 2003 Possum, CAPITALS Centro de Arte Moderna, Portugal, 2003 and Flock, developed for In-Presentable, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 2005 PRO ARTE Institute, Peter & Paul Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia September 2005 and at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, November 2005.


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