Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!
Shoes Off If You Love Luton!

Shoes Off If You Love Luton!

Dominic From Luton
21. 06. 2012 – 20. 12. 2012

English below

Wikipedia; „Luton er stórt bæjarfélag og höfuðstaður Bedfordskíris í Englandi, staðsett um það bil 50 km norður af London. Íbúatala Lutons og nágrannabygðanna, Dunstable og Hougton Regis, sem saman mynda Luton/Dunstable úthverfið, er um 250.000. Luton er heimabær fótboltaliðsins Luton Town Football Club, sem hefur nokkrum sinnum náð að blanda sér í toppbaráttu ensku úrvalsdeildarinnar auk þess að vinna Football League Cup, árið 1988. Heimavöllur liðsins er Kenilworth Road Stadium og hefur verið svo allt frá árinu 1905.“

Undanfarin ár hefur Dominic í verkum sínum einbeitt sér að einskonar aðferðarfræðilegri skráningu á uppvexti sínum í Luton. Án allrar tilfinningasemi vafrar Dominic í verkum sínum milli endurminninga sem tengjast fjölskyldu hans, yfir í einlæga skoðun á óróakenndu samfélagi. Luton hefur verið lýst að undanförnu í fjölmiðlum sem samfélagi fólks með öfgafullar skoðanir, hvort sem heldur lítur að trú eða félagslegum málefnum. Félag Múslima, Al-Muhajroun átti aðsetur í Luton áður en því var bannað að starfa og stofnandi the English Defence League er frá Luton.
Í umróti drauma og minninga er sóli á Reebook skó eitthvað sem flokkast getur sem auðsótt og raunverulegt. Hinn vel þekkti skóbúnaður nútímamansins. Shoes Off If You Love Luton! er ákall Dominic´s um samhug og sameiningu til heimabæjar síns sem er honum svo kær. Peter Lamb 2012

Dominic From Luton fæddist árið 1977 í Luton. Hann brautskráðist frá Chelsea College of Art árið 1999, með áherslu á skúlptúr. Síðan þá hafa verk hans verið lituð áráttu hans að vera frá Luton. Áráttan hefur kallað á fjölbreytta efnisnotkun og hluti eins og breytta klessubíla, gyllta sleikibrjóstsykurspinna, heimagerða sjávarsíðu ofurhetju búninga og krakka þakta í gerviaugum. Þá má nefna gjörninga eins og Margaret ‘Milk Snatcher’ Thatcher in burnt-out wheel chairs and film-set wigs. Af nýlegum verkefnum og sýningum má nefna: ‘Polemically Small’ í sýningarstjórn Edward Lucie Smith and Zavier Ellis,
Charlie Smith London, ‘I Could Be So Good For You’, S Mark Gubb, Bermingham and Robinson, Transition, London and ‘White Pratt From Luton’, Laura White, Robert Pratt at Whitechapel Project Space, Toynebee Street London.

Dominic býr og starfar í London og verður viðstaddur opnun sýningarinnar.

Wikipedia; “Luton is a large town borough and unitary authority of Bedfordshire, England, 30 miles (50km) north of London. Luton and its near neighbours, Dunstable and Houghton Regis, form the Luton/Dunstable Urban Area with a population of 250,000. Luton is home to Blue Square Premier Team Luton Town Football Club, whose history includes several spells in the top flight of the English Premier League as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road Stadium, which has been their home since 1905.“

Over the years, Dominic From Luton has employed a methodical cataloguing of his childhood memories of growing up in Luton. Far from sentimental, Dominic From Luton hovers between reflections of past family histories through to candid observations of a town in turmoil. Luton itself has been recently described in the media as a ‘home of people with extremist social and religious viewpoints’. The Muslim group Al-Muhajiroun was based there before it was banned, and the founder of the English Defence League is from Luton.
Reflecting his dreams, a Reebok sole is affordable and realistic. The recognised footwear of the everyman. ‘Shoes Off If You Love Luton!’ is Dominic From Luton’s defiantly unifying stance for his beloved home town. Peter Lamb 2012

Shoes Off If You Love Luton! has been purchased by Charles Saatchi and will be shown on the Sign courtesy of The Saatchi Art Collection.

Dominic From Luton was born in Luton in 1977. He graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 1999, specialising in sculpture. Since then, he has made artwork about an obsession with coming from Luton. This has provoked the use of materials as diverse as: customised dodgem cars, gold-leafed lollypop sticks, home-made seaside superhero outfits and children covered in joggle eyes and performances as Margaret ‘Milk Snatcher’ Thatcher in burnt-out wheel chairs and film-set wigs. Recent projects include; ‘Polemically Small’ curated by Edward Lucie Smith and Zavier Ellis, Charlie Smith London, ‘I Could Be So Good For You’, S Mark Gubb, Bermingham and Robinson, Transition, London and ‘White Pratt From Luton’, Laura White, Robert Pratt at Whitechapel Project Space, Toynebee Street London.