Garth Gratrix: Shy Girl, Wink Wink, Cheeky Felicia, 2021
Materials: C-Type Fuji Matt, archival print, mounted onto an aluminium subframe
Dimensions: 846mm x 564mm
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Garth Gratrix’s work deals with queerness and, or queering; how working with materials, language and space can remain ‘slippery’, experimental, and curious.
Their minimal practice explores how ‘queer’ is embedded within construction materials such as wood, concrete, metal, and paint. Looking at how dating apps, such as Grindr, feed into performance anxiety and societal fears of ‘measuring up’, Gratrix creates installations following a strict, formal ‘nine-inch’ rule derived from an intimate
line of questioning from a potential match. They reclaim and reframe this question, adopting it as a formal language through which to examine expectation, scale, and nonsense as we navigate spaces in both extravert and clandestine ways. Titles of the works are often derived from the names of the colours which appear in them.
Garth is currently taking part in the inaugural PIVOT programme: a scheme delivered in partnership by Castlefield Gallery and the Bluecoat, Liverpool which includes bespoke mentoring and skills development for mid-career artists.
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