Friday 20th May 2011

 The Beautiful Meme, York.

 “Don’t just stand there let’s get to it; strike a pose there’s nothing to it.”

With Matt’s current performative quest to explore where the aesthetics of the disabled body is positioned within mainstream culture comes ‘Incorrection’; an amalgamation of icons and eye-cons, of put-ons and take-aways, the masked and the exposed. This is a physical and visible comparing and contrasting of beauty and acceptance contaminated by the documented lengths people will go to in order to achieve the latter, but what would we rather look at?

Our second artist, Cumbrian-born Matthew Harper, for example, has a cracking night planned for Friday, May 20.”

Matthew has cerebral palsy, and in a show designed to be both entertaining and unsettling he will place photos of himself alongside icons of beauty such as Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover, taking scissors and marker pens to his image to disguise his disability. “Matt is a witty, irreverent guy. Earnest this is not,”.

'The Beautiful Meme's ArtWork events for 2011' by Charles Hutchinson (21/04/2011).

CLICK HERE for Matt's interview on this work and his views on Performance Art (The Press, York)

CLICK HERE  for Performance Artist Christopher Mollon's Review.

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