New and Old Paintings by Bruce Asbestos
25.05 - 18.06.14
Bruce Asbestos creates enthusiastic, thoughtful, and entertaining artwork through different media and disciplines. The works are made through collaboration, digital media experimentation, and social media combined with the conventions of popular culture, marketing and small scale production. He also creates paintings of anthropomorphic animals, new age slogans and nudists, to ‘balance’ out his digital only work, of which a selection are shown here.
His position is increasingly in the public domain with an active online presence at the core of the practice; his YouTube channel is home to his online TV show ‘The Social Media Takeaway’, it uses the quick fix, low-brow, throw-away nature of YouTube as site to produce pop and performative artwork. He recently published 1000 videos on one day on his Youtube Channel as featured in Vice's The Creators Blog .
He completed an MA in Fine Art with AHRC funding at Nottingham Trent University in 2012, which included a two-month scholarship at R.M.I.T, and is currently filming the Social Media Takeaway Series 2 in Bangkok.
Bruce is also the curator of Trade, a gallery and online archive of interviews, and reviews of exhibitions. During studying his Fine Art BA at Nottingham Trent University, Bruce completed a five-month scholarship at Musashino University, Tokyo. On the day of leaving Fine Art, Bruce started studying a three-month intensive business course, before going on to set up artist run projects Stand Assembly Studios, Moot Gallery and My House Gallery. During this time he worked in collaboration with Hannah Conroy as Ayling and Conroy, with whom he had solo exhibitions in Croatia, Spike Island, Bristol, and City Gallery Leicester.
1000 Videos on The Creators Project / Vice
"This morning, we posted about The Father of Video Art and asked what Nam June Paik would do with a tablet or YouTube. Asbestos might not be taking the torch from the Korean legend, but as her editable bio notes, she’ll be making work until at least 2070. We have plenty of time to see what happens when she gives a lot to her audience.”
1000 Videos at Ouch Magazine
"The videos range from the sublime and existentual “Who am I” to the ridiculous , “When was the last time you bought a DVD?” from the passive aggressive “Why won’t you reply to my text message? " , To the historic “ I have a dream”.