Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder

Serpentine Gallery

22 Jul 2016 - 8:00 PM

Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder

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This performance programme inspired by Dada, devised collectively by the artists, featured madcap and anarchic objects breaking into song and Finnegan’s Wake, slapstick, whim wham and whazzup fluid. A zebra was played like a harp: a Zarp. Clothes in a fashion show by the collective George de George Hair cuts Hair were debuted.

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Brian Belott is an artist based in New York City. As Andrew Russeth writes, “Over the past two decades, Brian Belott has created series that are almost improbably diverse – effervescently coloured reverse-glass paintings, careful copies of children’s art, calculators adorned with rocks and shocking hits of coloured sand, books harbouring found photos. What unites them is a deep desire, and a rare ability, to thrill… Even when Belott is pushing visual delectation into realms that are gaudy and kitsch, you can sense a tender care underpinning his art… Belott also regularly stages out-of-left-field performances (often with collaborators), which can include Dada-quality nonsense vocals, madcap impressions, yodeling, or anything else that comes to mind. (There was that one time he lit his hair on fire.) He is relentless. Taking a step back and looking at his art as a whole, you get the sense of a pretty unusual thing: an artist building a whole alternate world from scratch, where calculators have become sumptuous ornamental objects, and children’s art is championed—a world, in other words, that is by turns joyous, psychedelic, and generous.”


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Between June and September 2016, Serpentine Galleries presents Park Nights, an annual series of live art, dance, poetry, music, film, literature, performance and theory. Participants have been invited to devise new, site-specific live works for the Serpentine Pavilion 2016, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). In these multidisciplinary encounters with the structure, the Park Nights series proposes compelling, new ways to encounter architecture. Seeking the agency and performative potentials embedded in the live, this year’s programme addresses affect, rituals and revolts.

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Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder film

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Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott 2

Park Nights: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder. 22 July 2016 Photo © Yousef Eldin
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Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott 3

Park Nights: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder. 22 July 2016 Photo © Yousef Eldin
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Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott 4

Park Nights: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder. 22 July 2016 Photo © Yousef Eldin
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Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott 5

Park Nights: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder. 22 July 2016 Photo © Yousef Eldin
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Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott 6

Park Nights: Brian Belott, with Billy Grant, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Matthew Thurber and Tyson Reeder. 22 July 2016 Photo © Yousef Eldin

Park Nights 2016: Brian Belott

Brian Belott

© Brian Belott

Brian Belott

Brian Belott

© Brian Belott