Viscoelastic Muted Contempt [soft applause]
8 to 22 October 2016
Beth Kettel was resident in the Second Gallery/Workshop throughout September, developing new work which launched at Digbeth First Friday on 7 October. Beth works with text, performance, installation and video, borrowing structural devices from popular culture, which draw connections between disparate ideas creating porous, multi-layered performative works.
Recent solo exhibitions include Two Queens, Leicester (2016); Hutt, Nottingham (2016); Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2015), recent events include Jerwood Staging Series, London (2016); (It’s All) Tropical, Art Sheffield (2016); Trace Programme, Nottingham (2016) and Master Class, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2016)
For October First Friday, Beth created a one off performance bringing together text, sculpture, costume and sound.
Informed by her interest in game shows, and their ability to make chaos and nonsense somehow coherent through their structures of rounds, zones and colours, this performance takes elements of the 90′s game show as a starting point, focusing on ‘gunge’ as a subject and material; the feel of it and the feelings of it. This event was the culmination of the second ESP Production Residency and is presented as part of Digbeth First Friday.