Artist Hetain Patel presented items that influenced his body of work displayed in his exhibition At Home. Superhuman abilities and transformative powers were an inherent theme across this display, and superheroes and martial arts warriors played the protagonists. Beneath these fictitious characters was often a very human and personal struggle which gave them a strong foothold in reality. This struggle was reflected across a range of popular references such as Enter the Dragon and X-Men but could also be found in a select number of academic texts, including Bruce Nawman: Raw Materials and Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman’s Words. These texts explore the complexity of language and communication at focus in Nauman’s work. The visual modes through which stories are conceived diversified across the reading list. In Spider-man Torment, events are detailed in comic strip form whereas Les Contes de la Nuit (Tales of the Night) depicts tales from distant lands in silhouette animation.
Hetain included the sound track from Couching Tiger Hidden Dragon which also features in his work ‘The First Dance’ (2012). Whilst compiling the resources for Reading Project, Hetain realised he works in silence, and that sound, whilst increasingly important in his work, is absent from the making process.
On Saturday 1 March, Hetain Patel hosted an artist’s talk where he explained how the items displayed in Reading Project influenced his body of work.
Drop-in workshops for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.