Dominic From Luton — English Man Going Insane
22 April 2018 - 2 June 2018
Dominic From Luton’s artistic practice melds the artist’s personal histories with Luton’s highly individual take on 1980s British pop culture. English Man Going Insane is Dominic’s visual love letter to his hometown; it presents his own take on what a public arts programme in Luton could, should or might look like, alongside work that is central to his own practice.Re-hashed elements from Sunridge Avenue Projects (2016), a town-wide artistic intervention centred the street where Dominic grew up, self-consciously question whether there is a context for contemporary art in Luton, while suggesting a delicate intimacy between Dominic’s personal narrative and the town’s identity. English Man Going Insane is not an exhibition nor retrospective, but the meeting of an artistic practice and series of curatorial endeavours shaped by Luton.
Sunday 13 May, 2.00pm
Dominic From Luton will be in conversation with Curator Matthew Shaul.
Saturday 2 June, 8.00pm
To coincide with the closing of Dominic From Luton’s English Man Going Insane, artist Ashley Holmes will be presenting a new audio-visual performance.
Ask About The Good Times is a 32 minute, single-channel film, which examines cultural iconography and perceived success. Holmes presents every black footballer to have represented the English national team in a montage that chronicles the individual and collective anger, elation and violence which are part of modern professional football. The film will be set to a live soundtrack of Holmes’ own productions, field recordings and music that reflects on the nuances of the positions assumed in confrontational encounters.
English Man Going Insane is organised by Departure Lounge in collaboration with Luton Culture and is part of ‘As You Change, So Do I’ a three-year programme of public art events funded by Arts Council England’s Luton Investment Programme.