Brisley has been an important figure in British art for sixty years. Throughout his career, he has consistently interrogated the political conventions of the time.
From his early projects in ‘60s post-war Germany and his recurring engagement with the politics of Northern Ireland to his more recent critique of the British monarchy and systems of power, Brisley’s profound and singular voice resonates with a younger generation of artists today.
Stuart Brisley is probably best known for the series of key performance related works created in the 1970s and 80s that re-defined what “performance art” might be and encompass. What is often forgotten, however, is the range and critical importance of the work which he has developed alongside his performance practice which includes painting, photography, sculpture, video and drawing.
In a time of increasing political, social and economic polarization, Stuart Brisley’s critique of societal norms and prejudices is as relevant and compelling as it ever was, this exhibition highlights the urgency of this critique which Brisley has relentlessly pursued throughout his work.