Jon Hewitt trouser wanker pieceOpening: Thursday 26 April, 6-8pm Dates: 26 April-12 May 2012
‘trouser wanker piece’ is a continuation of hewitt’s exploration into how the hell to be an artist, and if it really is worth all the bother. hewitt’s work uses text, repetition, humour and appropriation across video, performance, painting and installation.
he is an artist because he is not good-looking enough to be a model, athletic enough to be a football player, passionate enough to be an actor, rhythmic enough to be a musician or clever enough to be a scientist.
in 2011, hewitt made ‘i am a serious artist’ a performance of hewitt wearing a placard that reads ‘i am a serious artist’. on the back of the placard were changeable texts from hewitt’s studio ramblings. the phrases asserted hewitt to be egocentric, lacking in artistic talent, a football lover, a bald man, a wanker.
‘trouser wanker piece’ and ‘i am a serious artist’ leave off where the artist keith arnatt’s ‘trouser word piece’ from 1972 stopped, a photograph of arnatt wearing a placard that reads ‘i’m a real artist’. after ‘trouser word piece’ keith arnatt never made conceptual art work again…