12 – 29 March, 2014
Avni Dauti and Tom Parsons
Erratic Pattern plots slapstick conventions by testing them through objects and space. Avni Dauti and Tom Parsons dissect a scene from Jerry Lewis’s film The Patsy (1964) in which Lewis reacts in unusual ways towards a set of antique objects. Clumsily knocking things off their perch and yet acting just fast enough to catch them before they break -counteracting incoordination with precise movements. The artists apply the slapstick methodologies exhibited in the film, working with pre-existing matter and the studio space. The formulas are implemented through videos and sculptures to evoke a series of clumsy yet controlled sequences, deliberately creating a set of slapstick outcomes via objects in an attempt to frame a self-aware humour within the studio work. The show is accompanied by Diego Ramirez’ essay, Thinking Through Humour.