Patrick Staff: The Foundation
08 August 2015
The IMA is pleased to present a major film installation by artist Patrick Staff, The Foundation, co-commissioned with Chisenhale Gallery, London; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Spike Island, Bristol. The exhibition opens on Saturday, 8 August. From 5 to 6pm, there will be a preview for IMA members. From 6 to 8pm, everyone is welcome.
In The Foundation, Staff explores queer intergenerational relationships negotiated through historical materials. The film combines footage shot at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles – home to the archive of the erotic artist and gay icon and a community of people that care for it – with choreographic sequences shot within a specially constructed set.
Patrick Staff is an artist based in London, UK, and Los Angeles, USA. Selected exhibitions, screenings, and performances include Scaffold see Scaffold, The Showroom, London; Art Turning Left, Tate Liverpool; L’Heure Des Sorcieres, Le Quartier, France (all 2014); Mental effort Before Action: 1-5A-5B, South London Gallery; A Factory As It Might Be (Bournville), International Project Space, Birmingham; Society is a Workshop, Banff Centre, Canada (all 2013); Chewing Gum for the Social Body, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London (2012). Staff took part in the LUX Associate Artists Programme in 2010/11 and was the inaugural White Building/Lux Collection Residency artist (2014).