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Bruce Asbestos: Eye of Newt 2.0

11th August 2022 - 30th October 2022 Free entry

Opening Times -  Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm. Closed on Mondays.

Eye of Newt 2.0 by the Nottingham-based artist Bruce Asbestos features new co-commissions for QUAD in partnership with the Bluecoat, Liverpool that includes the launch of his second interactive video game and his recent giant inflatable sculptures. These inflatable artworks represent a variety of themes: a giant yellow worm represents Rest; a group of green frogspawn represents Community and a giant cartoon arm represents Connection: all aspects of good mental health.

Inspiration for Community came from the artist’s lockdown walks to the local park where he found frogspawn in a pond – finding it symbolic of togetherness. Rest, a worm sculpture, is inspired by Japanese Kokeshi Dolls – stylised wooden dolls with no arms or legs used as children’s toys and sold to tourists. Connection, the giant arm, is a cartoon character who symbolises reaching out to connect.

Bruce Asbestos’s work draws from a rich history of painting, sculpture, popular culture, folklore and fairy tales. His work frequently mixes everyday objects with high art, fashion, and responds to global pop culture. His interdisciplinary practice combines performance, painting, clothing, social media, video games, curating and many collaborations.

The artist comments: “The work here is a cross pollination of digital characters and giant inflatables; I’m trying to create more and more fun with each exhibition I make; I’m pushing to make this the most vivid show to date; the characters feature both in the playable game in the space, and in the inflatable works. I’m always trying to make my work more Pop; I love this collision of inflatable artworks and video games; this exhibition is the next step in achieving that dream.”

Through his shrewd use of social media, personal re-hashing of global pop culture and use of new digital technologies, he (Asbestos) has established an unmistakable visual identity and unique brand (complete with logos) to almost become a living artwork." Art Review

Bruce Asbestos is a QUAD International Digital Fellow 2021-22. Funded with generous support from Arts Council England. Eye of Newt 2.0 at QUAD is co-curated by Niamh Treacy, FORMAT Coordinator, and Jodi Kwok, QUAD Assistant Curator.