Patrick Staff, Weed Killer
Sun 28 Jul 2019 / 19:30
Weed Killer (2017) by Los Angeles based artist Patrick Staff was inspired by artist-writer Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness (2004)—a moving and often irreverent account of the author’s experience of cancer. At the heart of Weed Killer is a monologue—adapted from Lord’s moving and often irreverent book—in which an actress reflects upon the chemically induced devastation of chemotherapy. This monologue is intertwined with comparatively otherworldly sequences, including choreographic gestures shot with high-definition thermal imaging. Presented as an immersive installation, Weed Killer suggests a complex relationship to one’s own suffering and draws into focus the fine line between alternately poisonous and curative substances.
This screening will feature a series of other works selected by Staff expanding on the themes explored in Weed Killer. The screening will be introduced by academic and writer, Laura Guy.
Patrick Staff lives and works in Los Angeles. Their work combines video installation, performance and publishing. They have exhibited extensively, gaining significant recognition and awards for their work which is held in private and public collections internationally. Staff received their BA in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies from Goldsmiths University of London in 2009. They completed the LUX Associate Artists Programme and studied Contemporary Dance at The Place in London, in 2011. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2017); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Tate Liverpool, England (2014); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2012); Tate Modern, London (2012), and Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable, England (2012), among others. Staff’s 2017 film work Weed Killer was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Patrick Staff’s solo exhibition The Prince of Homburg opens at Dundee Contemporary Arts on 22 June and runs until 1 September, 2019.
Laura Guy works as an Academic Fellow in Art History at Newcastle University. She has published various essays and interviews including on the work of Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Phyllis Christopher, Jamie Crewe, Zoe Leonard, Jill Posener, Charlotte Prodger and Rehana Zaman. Her writing on recent histories of lesbian visual culture has appeared in Aperture, Photoworks and Women: A Cultural Review (forthcoming).