Barry and Sean were resident artists in 2004 and were part of ‘Romantic Detachment’. At Chapter Arts the duo assembled a ‘Whittling Station’, an amalgam of junk-shop furniture that provided them with a base from which they could carve whittled wooden artefacts.
They worked together between 2000 and 2006, operating under the collaborative title 'Staying Alive'. Their shared interests included the day-to-day behaviour of contemporary adventurers, fictional representations of endurance or isolation, and the compulsion to keep busy and customise your surroundings. They made sculptures, installations and most often, absurdist performances.
Exhibitions and Projects
2005 Notion Nanny, Studio Voltaire, London
2004 Staying Alive: 90 Minutes of Whittling, Museum Van Nagsael, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003 Art of Survival, The Prague Biennial, Czech Republic
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