Performance at 7.30pm
The language of the self would be stripped of one of its richest resources without hair; and like language, or the faculty of laughter, or the use of tools, the dressing of hair in itself constitutes the mark of the human. In the quest for identity, both personal and in its larger relation to society, hair can help.
Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde, 1994.
Holly Slingsby presents Knotted Mass II at Finishing Touch, a performance with 35mm slides by candlelight. This new work evolves from her recent performance at DKUK, and her research into the language of hair in the narratives of pop-cultural and mythical figures. The performance will draw from a rich selection of images, where hair is both subject and object, exploring its significance in popular culture, history, mythology and religion.
A booklet, with drawings and text by the artist, published by Publication Studio London will be available on the night.
Holly Slingsby studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (2003-2006) and the Slade School of Art, London (2008-2010). She has had solo exhibitions at Tintype, London; DKUK, London (both 2015) and SHIFT, London (2012); She has exhibited and performed at museums and galleries including Katzman Contemporary, Toronto (2016); Matt’s Gallery, London (2014); Pump House Gallery, London (2014); Spike Island, Bristol (2014); Modern Art Oxford (2010 and 2013); the Freud Museum, London (2013); Art Licks Weekend, London (2013); the Barbican, London (2011); and the ICA, London (2012).
Cocktails will be served.