This project brings together performance artist Tom Estes with sculptor Ben Woodeson in an experimental collaboration; neither knowing exactly what will happen and ultimately what or who will survive. The Health & Safety Violation collaboration is an evolving experiment documented by visitors to the exhibition; performance art interacting with fragile and ephemeral sculptures, a world where every action has consequences both known and unknown.
As a starting point a huge pane of glass is precariously balanced on two supports. In the performance one of the supports is removed and Estes, dressed as a Crash Test Dummy uses his head as a ballast to keep the whole thing in balance so the glass doesn’t fall and smash on the floor.
Coinciding with South London’s 'Last Fridays' events on 26th October, the opening of Health & Safety Violation features Tom Estes performing seemingly inconsequential actions within the deliberately dangerous and fragile environment by Ben Woodeson’s Health & Safety Violation sculpture.
'Every action has an equal an opposite reaction' has never been truer. Tom Estes’ actions contribute to a balanced equilibrium. A symbiotic relationship exists between sculpture and performance; inbuilt entropy where every action or inaction has potentially catastrophic consequences. Documentation of the evenings actions is performed by visitors to the exhibition using a communal camera; selected images will be displayed for the duration of the exhibition.
Crash Test Dummy from LUBOMIROV-EASTON on Vimeo.
LUBOMIROV-EASTON IS an ALISN Project Space in Deptford, South London, headed by ALISN organisers, curators and artists Iavor Lubomirov and Bella Easton.
LUBOMIROV-EASTON SHOWS emerging artists, invited individually or in pairs, to develop ambitious new projects resulting in significant solo, or collaborative exhibitions. Our programming of mostly solo and two-person shows is supplemented with curated shows by artist-curators, national and international exchanges, lectures, films, performances, and events.
LUBOMIROV-EASTON extends its outreach to a larger number of emerging artists, by concurrently evolving a collection of edition works - called LED - comprising of prints, books, sculptures and multiples in other mediums. LED is by invitation.
ALISN or The Artist-Led Initiatives Support Network (ALISN) was founded in May 2007 with the aim of supporting emerging artists and fostering community and collaboration between artist-led and other emerging art galleries and projects. ALISN works across diverse platforms to deliver innovative exhibitions, events, performances, open submissions, talks, residencies.
Health & Safety Violation:Ben Woodeson & Tom Estes
Exhibition Dates: 26 October to 24 November, Wednesday to Saturday, 12-6pm
Address: Lubomirov-Easton, Enclave 8, 50 Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AL