Four Letter Word
Home For Waifs And Strays presents a night of live art, music and film inspired by all things concerning love.
Post Valentines day fallout. Broken hearts and loved up sweethearts and all in between welcome. Love is not to be feared! After all it is only a four letter word.
Presenting performances, film, music, installation and interactions by:
Albert Smith and Alex Crowther
Dan Stone and Becky Nevey
Jonathan Charles Graney
This is a free event but donations are welcome and will be distributed between the artists after the show.
Tuesday 18 February, 7pm ’til late
‘Cabbage and Red Paint’
‘I am interested in ephemeral materialities and how they change form naturally. This led me onto exploring topics such as fragility, temporality, mutability, disintegration and time. I juxtapose materials to intervene the natural processes to communicate different notions of time. Another area of interest is Vanitas, Entropy and Memento Mori, which my work may also reference.’
Nicole will be performing an interactive durational piece based on traditional rune casting of older Scandinavian cultures and using the Elder Futhark to delve into the wyrd (fate) of the participant.
‘Baron Blake Stardust’
‘My work generally consists of constructing fatally flawed pocket dimensions. Then inviting the viewer either to observe in or actively participate in the disintegration of my creations.’
Jonathan Charles Graney
‘Spend Just One Moment With Us’
“Hkoogaruar eelalar leea ffhul hkoo. Hkoogaruar hkea hudogku go kuudogku, tient go
Truth arrived on the rushing winds.
It bore the mountains and the dunes,
the skies and the suns.
From the ground we rose;
the dirt mixed with the water
and became our bodies,
the wind through stone
became our voice,
the light of the four suns
became our minds.
Truth runs through our bodies like blood,
emotional honesty is the air we breath
for without these values the Hkoogarlarrr
would diminish into the ether…
The only way to truly exist is to adhere to these values
and so we create form and meaning
We are the Hkoogarlarrr-
Spend Just One Moment With Us.
Hkoogaruar ea oln dolurr elago lurr
Truth travels in our bodies like blood
Craig Paul Green is a multimedia artist based in and around Birmingham. He is a recent graduate of the Birmingham School of Art. His current practice explores semiotics, surrealism and the dissemination of information as a primary objective of filmic discourse. He also is interested in narrative form in art-specific film. Questioning the value of narrative and exploring how through filmic processes, with particular emphasis on sound, narrative can be manipulated.
Becky Nevey and Dan Stone
Becky Nevey is an upcoming Birmingham artist based in the West Midlands. She is a simple girl who loves nothing more than acoustic guitar and hard rock combined. With Dan Stone as her accompanying guitarist they manage to create an alternative twist on the songs you know and love.
Paul Pinnock is a musician currently based in Leamington. He is inspired by Hendrix, Yes, Fishbone & Parliament Funkadelic. He plays regularly at open mic nights in the Leamington and Warwick area. To find out when he’s next playing add him on FB
‘Introducing Fluff-Fluff De Ville The Third’
Fluff-Fluff De Ville the Third is the ultimate princess, a creature of want. Sickeningly sweet and pretty in pink she sees things very simply – if she wants it, it’s hers. She doesn’t conceive of fallout or consequences, much less of notions of personal space or ethics. Pray she doesn’t want you to be her friend….
“…something needs to be done about that sordid little succubus… all that potential power at the will of that insipid, empty-headed creature concerns me greatly, but no-one seems to quite know what to DO about Fluff-Fluff De Ville iii…”
An extract from a letter from Nonny Warn to Kiki Casper-Jemm
“It was a great party. Puckered me out.”
Mutha Pucker regarding one of Fluff-Fluff’s Shindigs
We couldn’t have a show about love without including London based performance artist Priya Saujani! Saujani works with the condition of gender and its appearance, the tension of national identity and a kind of alter-feminism through the ‘provocative’ scenario. Her work finds root in engineered live art situations that highlight her biography through an interstice of inverted cultural stereotype, knowing, unknowing and intimacy.
Albert has been gigging for about a year, has performed at venues including Birmingham Glee club and supported Acts such as Jo Enright, Barabara Nice to name a few. He also shared a bill with Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney.
‘Albert’s getting a good reputation on the circuit and is definitely growing in confidence. He has a nice, relaxed, conversational style with some lovely juxtapositions, like his relationships with his mother and his ex-wife, that seem incongruous with his obviously educated background – almost the opposite of country dumb. He finds great humour in tales of an educated man being outwitted by modern technology and domineering women and has a very warm, endearing personality. Always a pleasure to see and always a pleasure to chat to before and after the gig.’
‘Ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?’
Kate Spence has been performing live art in the UK since 2011. Heavily inspired by film, theatre and music, she creates intimate performances exploring the nature of humanity, our compassion (or lack of it), our most honest desires, power plays, and unspoken communication, often playing the role of dominant or submissive in interactions with the audience, often those roles becoming increasingly unclear.
Ed Wakefield’s practice revolves around the construction of narratives and myth making. Via a series of characters he is building a framework for a legend. Questions of authourship and unreliable narrators come into play, via humorous, dark and occasionally disturbing prose and poetry.
Most recently he has turned his attention predominantly to collage, yet performance remains a vitally important element of his practice, with the raw energy and unexpected dynamics of audience engagement ever drawing him back in.
‘My work is often durational and explores the difference between man and woman. I am interested in understanding the difference between peoples psyche and how these change the way that we make our decisions within our everyday. I use various techniques to explore these and show my research through the medium of performance art.’