Bosse & Baum is pleased to present a solo presentation by Candida Powell-Williams for the Live section at Frieze London 2017.
The artist has devised a new performance titled Boredom and its Acid Touch, using characters who vomit frogs, snails who joust, and hybrid animals who stare blankly at the audience.
As the performers, like living statues, pause for extended periods of time in yoga-like contortions they beg to be photographed in their colourful acid tone costumes. Playing with synchronicity and fragmentation, each day costumes and characters will change and bring with them their own idiosyncrasies. Building on her established language of cyclical, repetitive, mesmerising gestures she choreographs a performance that mixes historical references with virtual posing.
Powell-Williams pulls imagery from illuminated medieval manuscripts, folding it together with contemporary doodles. She reflects our changing relationship to boredom and idleness, as we now live through our phones, and on social media, where this project will eventually be resolved as a series of GIFs, exploring what contemporary marginalia might be. Situated in the “margins” of Frieze the work also deals with the marginalisation of performance within the context of the art market.
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