13 March 1987 (age 34)
|Education||Goldsmiths University of London|
|Known for||Installations, Performance Art and New Media|
P. Staff (born 1987 in Bognor Regis, UK) is a contemporary visual and performance artist.
Early life and education
P. Staff was born in 1987 in Bognor Regis, UK. They studied art at Goldsmiths, University of London, graduating in 2009. They also participated in the Associate Artist Programme at LUX, London in 2011. They are currently based in Los Angeles, California and London, UK.
Writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques describes Staff's site-specific exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, “On Venus,” as the following:
“Staff’s site-specific exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, ‘On Venus’, deals with biopolitics, looking at the ways in which exchanges between bodies, ecosystems and institutions affect human consciousness and behaviours – especially for queer, trans and non-binary people. A new video work, also entitled On Venus, features two sections: the first presents warped archival footage of industrial farming for the production of meat, fur and hormones; the second features a poem about life on the uninhabitable planet Venus, conjuring a state of near-death that has parallels with trying to survive as a queer person in a heteronormative world. The surrounding installation impinges on the gallery itself, confronting entrants with a gargoyle weathered by acidic rain, a symbol of the worsening climate crisis, harshly lit against a reflective floor. The defamiliarizing effect of Staff's intervention rubs up against the history of the building, which was originally used as a gunpowder store. Pipes suspended from the ceiling leak acid into steel barrels, at once evoking chemical corrosion, the sharing of bodily fluids, and the uncontrollable, networked spread of viruses and data.”
Elizabeth Karp-Evans writes:
“Staff’s work also seeks to address the ecological and industrial relationships that societies have become dependent on; the question of how technology and capitalist-driven consumption have changed our biological constitution is one they are interested in answering. “We’re in a moment of reckoning with the irreversible effects of contemporary biopolitics,” Staff says. In 2017, they created the video installation Weed Killer, commissioned by MOCA in Los Angeles. The piece examines the complexities of treatments like chemotherapy—a poison used as a cure. “It feels like everything channels through the body at the moment—the opioid crisis, our economic collapse. We have to reckon with these things through what passes through us,” says Staff. “I’m not interested in physical purity but I am interested in what I am a conduit for, and leading with that type of somatic inquiry.””
Awards and fellowships
Staff is the recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists (2015), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2019) and has held residencies at FD13 Residency for the Arts (2018), LUX (2014), The Showroom (2014), Fogo Island Arts (2012), and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2010).
Staff has had solo exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland (2019); LUMA Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland (2019); Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016); Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2015); The Showroom Gallery, London, UK (2014); and Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2012).
Group exhibitions featuring work by Staff have been held at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2019); ICA London, UK (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2015); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (2014); Maison Populaire, Paris, France (2012); and Whitstable Biennale, UK (2012). Select performances and screenings include Navel Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Queer Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal (2018); London Film Festival, London, UK (2017); Outfest, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2016); and Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2014).
They are represented by the gallery Commonwealth and Council.
Staff has collaborated with artist Candice Lin since 2010. Their collaboration focuses on herbal practices and queer potentials. Together, their work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Gasworks, London; Teoretica, Costa Rica; Centro Para Os Assuntos Da Arte E Arquitectura, Portugal; 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles; and as part of Witchy Methodologies at the ICA, London, 2017 and the Serpentine Galleries’ Transformation Marathon, 2015.
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- "Patrick Staff". Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- Jacques, Juliet. "Trying to Survive Venus". Frieze.
- Karp-Evans, Elizabeth. "Patrick Staff Reconsiders Body Politics". Cultured.
- "Patrick Staff". Commonwealth and Council. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Patrick Staff: On Venus". Serpentine Galleries. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Patrick Staff". Irish Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Patrick Staff: Weed Killer". Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Patrick Staff". Hammer Museum. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and as a Weapon". New Museum. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- Brown, Kate. "Tate Acquires Work by an Overlooked Textile Artist, a Video Inspired by Cancer Treatment, and Other Works From Frieze 2019". Art Net.
- Gramener (2019-10-15). "Is the world of art embracing diversity?". Medium. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
- "Lesbian Gulls, Dead Zones, Sweat, and T". Human Resources LA. Retrieved April 2, 2020.