This Digbeth First Friday, we presented Patrick Goddard for his performance No Ironic Tip of the Hat to Class-Consciousness Can Save Us Now!, as an accompaniment to Mat Jenner’s Dreams Time Free exhibition in the gallery space.
The performance begins with a poetic polemic rant about gentrification. However, is turned on its head with the introduction of a second voice who decries the pomposity of the initial reader. An argument breaks out between the two characters (both played by Goddard) about the artist’s own complicit role in the gentrifying process. The work illustrates the conflict between stultifying self criticism and an often naïve political commitment.
Patrick Goddard (b.1984/UK) is an artist and writer working in East London, completing an MFA at Goldsmiths University in 2011. Recent works have taken the form of videos, books, performances and sculpture; all with an emphasis on poetry, observational anecdotes or research led articles. Without becoming politically illustrative, many works explore socio-politically loaded issues and although the topics explored can be wide ranging – from conceptions of evil to class politics, sociology to anarchy, the uncanny to the absurd – the works are linked via their tone or approach. Saturated with a sense of pathos, narratives undermine themselves with a self-defeating humor, playfully calling into question the sincerity or authority of the narrator and through this, the artist.
Recent shows include: a solo presentation, Revolver II, Matt’s Gallery, London, Autumn 2014; a group show, Objective Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena, M.O.T. International Projects, London, Autumn 2014; a group show, IV Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, – Moscow Museum of Modern Art, June-August 2014.
Completing a residency over the summer of 2014 at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, the performance APOCALIPSTIC debuted as part of their event Private vs Public: Activism, Economics and Politics Today.
His debut graphic novel, Operation Paperclip, was launched at Matt’s Gallery, London, in June 2014.
Image Credit: Marcin Sz