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Night Cleaning at Elevator Gallery

Posted by Tom Estes on Thursday, June 7, 2012, In : Night Cleaning 

Night Cleaning at 'Vanishing Point' at Elevator Gallery
from Friday the 29th of October until the 14th of November 2010.

For most artists, presence of an identifiable artwork be it object or sound, is of utmost importance, but for Vanishing Point the curators have invited artists to make work that is either hidden, discreet, or at the cusp of vanishing. The white walled space of the gallery appears at first glance to be just itself; an empty white space, but it houses the work of 50 contempora...
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'Night Cleaning' at Rhizomatic

Posted by Tom Estes on Thursday, June 7, 2012, In : Night Cleaning 


On Friday the 8th of October, 2010 Tom Estes staged the Performance 'Night Cleaning' at the Departures Gallery as part of the exhibition Rhizomatic. In this performance Estes mops the floor of the gallery while wearing a pair of pjamas.

Rhizomatic is an experimental, decentralised curatorial system based on the concept of the Rhizome, as explored in Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical masterpiece A Thousand Plateaus. This is Departure Gallery’s largest and most ambitious show so far an...

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Tom Estes As an artist I have always leaned toward making Live Art performance work that is participatory or immersive in some way. In my Live Art performance I stage an 'action' and then ask members of the audience to take pictures on a communal camera. In this way, the audience becomes part of the performance, and the pictures are then posted on on-line social networking sites and web sites for another, wider on-line audience. For me, fantasy and illusion are not contradictions of reality, but instead an integral part of our everyday lives. There is a real Peter Pan Syndrome at play in my work and I suppose I would consider myself to be a carnival sideshow conceptualist, combining a bare-bones formal conceptualism with an eternally adolescent, prank DIY comic-approach. At the core of this work is an attention to the flickering, fading definition of our lives as dictated by the computer monitor and the rapid reply of instant messaging. I strive, not to break down these introverted, often self-imposed boundaries, but to look at how dataflow from the virtual realm impacts on the significance and symbolism of real-world human senses. But in doing so, I have begun to generate unexpected questions about how art might be able to inscribe itself on the surface of reality- not to represent itself on the surface of reality –not to represent reality, nor to duplicate it, but to replace it.

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