A brief guide to one of the nominees for the 2012 Turner Prize

  • Spartacus Chetwynd Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 05 May – 04 June 2011, inaugural performance 05 May.

    Spartacus Chetwynd, Odd Man Out, Sadie Coles, London, 05 May – 04 June 2011, inaugural performance 05 May

    © Spartacus Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Nominated for

Her solo exhibition Odd Man Out at Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Who she is

Chetwynd organises deliberately lo-fi and anarchic live events. Jabba the Hut from Return of the Jedi, Cousin Itt from the Addams Family and Meat Loaf’s Bat out of Hell have appeared. Chetwynd says the events are ‘almost political and decidedly about nonsense. The grotesque intermingle with the obtuse, and the audience is dominated by people with dyed hair.’

What they say

‘The artist and her mummers’ band tell tall tales in a manner that recalls at once the theatre of… Brecht, a disco at a science-fiction convention, and a primary school nativity play.’ Tom Morton, Frieze

Hear Spartacus Chetwynd talk about her work at the Artist’s talk on 3 October 2012.

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