Featuring work by artist Patrick Staff and their peers, an evening of screenings, music and readings.
ON VENUS, STILL extrapolates and complicates notions of a parallel life explored by Staff in their exhibition (and poem of the same name) On Venus, which presents a queer state of being that is volatile and in constant metamorphosis. On Staff’s Venus, ‘life is chemically modified and sensorially charged in an alternate state of non-life or near-death’; ON VENUS, STILL situates itself at the site of this disjunction.
ON VENUS, STILL continues the format of Staff’s previous performance-screenings, including Uniform Smoke (Chisenhale Gallery, 2015) and Clean Needles Now & Now (Navel, Los Angeles, 2018).
Patrick Staff, Untitled, 2019, HD video, colour, sound, 3 min
Toshio Matsumoto, Atman, 1975, 16mm transferred to HD video, colour, sound, 12 min
Johanna Hedva, On Hell (an excerpt of the first chapter), 2018, HD video, colour, sound, 6 min 34 sec
Sandra Lahire, Uranium Hex, 1987, 16mm transferred to HD file, 12 min 4 sec
Dylan Mira, Night Vision, 2018, HD video, colour, sound, 14 min 20 sec
Ivan Unwin, Toxic, 1990, SD video, colour, sound, 14 min 20 sec
Patrick Staff is an artist based in Los Angeles and London. Recent solo shows include On Venus
, Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); The Prince of Homburg
, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2019); Weed Killer
, MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); and Foundation
, Spike Island, Bristol (2016) and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015). Recent group exhibitions include The Body Electric
, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019); Made in LA
, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); and Trigger
, New Museum, New York (2015).