Jack Cheetham: Trapped in a coffin with nothing to do
Fri 7 April — Sat 22 April 2023
Photo credit: Eike Walkenhorst
Trapped in a coffin with nothing to do is a new installation by artist Jack Cheetham. With the help of community and puppetry, the exhibition will speculate on visions of future hometowns, families, loves, demons, and pals.
The interactive installation is an imagining of a forgotten puppet show that takes place in and around ruined castle grounds, set in the year 2066, in the fictional town of Helldham, Anglandshireland. The puppet show has been abandoned due to a mass puppeteer revolt. The show is full of knackered puppets (to be reanimated by the exhibition’s audience, becoming the puppeteer), in which several characters together try to break up with the main character, the Castle.
An example of some of Cheetham’s characters that are included in the show are: Castle; Castle Babe; The Chimneys; The Hands of G’rem; and a cult made up of Freshly Baked Revolutionary Village Bread.
Puppets have a 'life of their own', and Cheetham is interested in how puppet play is used in theatrical and therapeutic contexts, and how it can be used as an alternative mode of communication through roleplay as a treatment for trauma.
The exhibition will aim to examine the potential and ongoing failures of its creators through the imagining of a certain consumer-driven fantasied moment in time. It will be rooted in contemplations around consumer cultures, labours, and legacies. It will also incorporate expanded forms of caricature, cartooning and character design. All are realised as a potential mode of personifying, exhausting, and evaporating the effects that objects and materials can have on people and their communities over time.
Jack Cheetham is an artist and educator, raised in Derbyshire, England, and now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art graduating from the MFA programme in 2014. Since graduating he has mainly focused on community arts work, teaching and workshopping - collaborating with various arts organisations including Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Artlink, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Some recent exhibition projects include: cview, Gallery Celine, Glasgow Scotland (2020-2022); FASHION DUST UMAMI, CCA, Glasgow Scotland (2021), GESTS, Curfew Gallery, Glasgow Scotland (2019); John, Gallery Frriedrich, Frankfurt Am-Main Germany (2018); BRED, Bloc Projects, Sheffield England; Good £uck, Glasgow International, Scotland (2018 -curated by Beagles & Ramsay).
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