Caught for breath - A performance for the Private View on
Obfuscation "Look out, it’s coming in" - An installation
Richard Layzell's work encompasses many approaches to art production
and audience. In 1989 he adopted the persona of a self-promoting
businessman for several weeks, and was surprised at how much publicity
this received. The media clearly respond to blatant promotion. He's
been called "one of the best artists working in Britain today"
and has worked extensively in galleries, museums, the street, and
recently as an artist in industry, in the role of 'visionaire'.
His interactive installation Tap Ruffle and Shave (1995-8)
was seen by 100,000 people in 4 major cities.
As one of the 6 experienced practitioners who make up Rescen
at Middlesex University, he's been actively exploring the creative
process since 1999. As a group, they recently presented Nightwalking
(navigating the unknown), a major conference on the creative
process at the South Bank Centre in London. His ongoing work Movimento
Ordinari (a global project to change the world in small ways)
has led to International Cleaning - a series of performance
/ video works in Venice, San Francisco, Prague, Greece and Los Angeles.
He sees his work as occupying a position of 'permission' - to inform,
provoke, challenge, enhance, connect and entertain.
"Inhalation of London air has been a lifelong obsession
and the two works I've designed for Smog reflect this within their
Caught for breath - for the Private View on Dec 10th
A performance that explores memory, visible air, the body bellows
and the gasping mouth.
Obfuscation - An installation about visibility,
light and fear - the window as an opening to the world outside and
the vulnerability within. Look out, it's coming in.
Richard Layzell's performance/installation The Room of Freeflow
was recently shown in London, Brisbane and Perth. His collaborative
performance Zwo was shown in Frankfurt in November. He's
currently working with Dominic Williams (architect of the Baltic)
and the people of Didcot on a new arts centre for the town.
1996-2002, a series of high-profile residencies in industry, defining
the role of the 'visionaire', at AIT Plc, Promise and Chordiant,
working organisationally, aesthetically and environmentally.
Senior lecturer at Wimbledon School of Art, setting up and leading
the Media area within Fine Art, 1989-2000.
Author of Enhanced Performance (1998), Live Art in Schools (1993)
and The Artists Directory (with Heather Waddell, 1985).
17.12.2002 | designed and maintained by Adrian Cousins