JOHN COURT

Country
Finland

Funding organisation
The Artist Association of Lapland
Performing Art Centre Lapland

Website
johncourtnow.com

Year
2017

John Court is an English performance artist currently based in Finland. Court’s performances have captivated audiences worldwide at events such as Infr’Action Venezia in Venice Italy (2013) SpaceX Gallery Exeter in UK (2012) Guangzhou Live Art Festival in China, ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland (both 2010), the Venice Biennale (2005) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004).

In this performance audiences witness the artist bringing together other aspects of his interdisciplinary practice including sculpture and drawing. His performances can be seen as a way of marking time as we witness the artist pushing his body beyond exhaustion. Throughout the performance slight movements will provide the only sounds as the artist remains silent, void of engagement with the audience.

John Court interweaves personal experiences encountered throughout his life, from childhood to the present day. Spectators witness interactions with modified versions of familiar objects encountered throughout education such as desks, dictionaries, pencils and paper that only function with support from the artist. Encounters with these objects reference the difficulties that Court encountered throughout his education, the artist left school unable to read or write. The physical endurance of the 8 hour day references his experience of manual labour, having worked on building sites in and around London for many years before being introduced to art. Audience experience elements of alienation and solitude, referencing Court’s experience of living in rural Lapland, unable to speak, read or write the native language.

Court also reference his relationship with the space in part by responding directly to  architecture. His spontaneous acts reference the moment in which the artist finds himself.

John Court was born in 1969 in Bromley, Kent. He graduated from Camberwell School of Art, London in 1994 and from Norwich School of Art and  Design in 1997 with a degree in Sculpture. He moved to Finland in 1997, and lives and works in Lapland, close to the Arctic Circle.

John Court
John Court

 

Untitled, 2015
3 hours performance
Victor-Rousselot Park St-Henri Montreal
Viva! Art Action festival
Untitled, 2015
3 hours performance
Victor-Rousselot Park St-Henri Montreal
Viva! Art Action festival
John Court
John Court

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