ARTLACUNAErrorlla·cu·na/ləˈk(y)o͞onə
ArtLacuna is an artist-led space established in May 2013, located in an old coroner's office near Clapham Junction. It accommodates artist studios, a residency and research program, as well as project and exhibition space.

lla·cu·na/ləˈk(y)o͞onə ArtLacuna is an artist-led space established in May 2013, located in an old coroner's office near Clapham Junction. It accommodates artist studios, a residency and research program, as well as project and exhibition space.

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HOW TO DO THINGS WITH WORDS



JENNY EKHOLM BAILES / KEVIN GAFFNEY / ANDREW LACON / VICKI THORNTON / TOM POPE

PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2018, 6-9PM
OPEN: 28TH SEPTEMBER – 14TH OCTOBER by appointment only




The relationship between words and actions is encompassed by the term performative. J L Austin coined the concept of the performative in his seminal lectures, How to Do Things with Words (1962), stating that ‘The uttering of the sentence is, or is a part of, the doing of an action…’1 The performative utterance is the actualisation of what a sentence states: it’s not the describing of an action, but the performing of an action through saying the words in a sentence. Austin poses a number of everyday examples of the performative utterance:

a.       ‘I do (sc. take this woman to be my lawful wedded wife)’ – as uttered in the course of the marriage ceremony.
b.      ‘I name this ship the Queen Elizabeth’ – as uttered when smashing the bottle against the stem.
c.       ‘I give and bequeath my watch to my brother’ – as occurring in a will.
d.      ‘I bet you sixpence it will rain tomorrow.’

In these examples, it seems clear that to utter the sentence (in, of course, the appropriate circumstances) is not to describe my doing of what I should be said in so uttering to be doing or to state that I am doing it: it is to do it... the issuing of an utterance is the performance of an action.2

Since the introduction of the performative utterance in linguistic theory, its use has transcended words to become a common notion in the visual arts. Artists utilise the performative in the production, presentation and theorisation of artworks. Performative strategies are employed in the production of works by folding the creation of an artwork with an event, often a performance event. Whereas the performative is primarily utilised in the presentation of artworks where the audience is required to ‘complete’ the work of art through interacting with it, frequently more so than simply looking. The theorisation of the performative in an artwork sees the artist amalgamate the performative utterance and visual theory, bringing the artwork to life somewhere between words and object, words and action.

The five artists exhibited all employ the performative in intriguing and thought-provoking ways within their artistic practice. Linked not only by performative tendencies, Jenny Ekholm Bailes, Kevin Gaffney, Andrew Lacon, Vicki Thornton and Tom Pope studied together at the Royal College of Art (2009-2011).



1 J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, ed. J. O. Urmson and Marina Sbisá. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1962.) p5
2 J. L. Austin, How to Do Things with Words, ed. J. O. Urmson and Marina Sbisá. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1962.) p5





past exhibititors / contributors

2018: JENNY EKHOLM BAILES / KEVIN GAFFNEY / ANDREW LACON / VICKI THORNTON / TOM POPE / Bryn Lloyd-Evans / Charlie Godet Thomas / Estelle Birch / Tosin Ogunsanya / Katie Tindle / Ruby Cedar / Jade Wilford / Ingrid Pumayalla / Irini Folerou / Roxy Lee / Hannah Weddle / Aethan Wills / Sarah Roberts / Matthew Benington / Jack Brindley / Anoushka Goodwin
2017: tom pope / Taryn Edmonds / Rosie Morris / Material Conjectures / Jonathan Darling / Rachel Garfield / Jaspar Joseph-Lester / Pil and Galia Kollectiv / Graham Lister / Maggie Roberts (0rphan Drift) / Anne Tallentire / BAW and Bruce Gilbert / Anna Baumgart / Roy Efrat / Alex March / Jane Harris / Jemma Egan / Julia Frank / Jacob Wolff / David Marchant
2016: Klāvs Kurpnieks / Anna Salmane / Krišs Salmanis / Monika Srodon / Muriel Baumgartner / Davide Fensi / P Mulligan / Chris Ratcliffe / Holly Stevenson / Emma Wood / Tom Pope / Irene Dionisio / Alex Duncan / Peter Finnemore / Chris Cawkwell / Izzy McEvoy / Steve Gee / Christine Ellison (POLLYFIBRE) / Steve Klee / Maggie Roberts (0rphan Drift) / Richard Hards / Sinéad Bligh / DASBOOTSTHECHEMIST / URBORORO / Pil & Galia Kollectiv / HOUSEOFHYSTERIA / Tina Jenkins / Mark Nader / Kirsten Cooke / Sharon Kivland / Dale Holmes / Lisa Barnard / Linda Stupart / Mette Boel / Bethany Kane / Jonathan Anderson
2015: Nicolas K Feldmeyer / Beth West / Katriona Beales / Debbie Ding / Tania De Rozario / Suzanne De Emmony / Birgitta Hosea / Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo / Lynn Lu / Gavin Maughfling / Shubigi Rao / Min-Wei Ting / DEMprojects / Jamila Kennealy / Lauren Haine / Typical Girls / Eliza Hopewell / Art of Matter / frank le bon / Nicki Rolls / Alicia Melanie / Anni Movsisyan / Marcia X / Zarina Muhammad / Michael Bryan / Zara Lawson / Susannah Henry / Dave Briggs / Alex Brady / Emma Gamble / Alice Wilson / Perry-James Sugden / Dominique Croshaw / Dan Harvey / Eva Lekaj / Amanda Claudine Aspeborg / James Adams / Izaak Flanders / Grant Bingham / Dani Smith / Joanne Hooton / Jack Laurilla / Ian Williamson / Sophie Goodchild / Lydia Pool / Harry Fletcher / Felix Martin / Joe Smith / Luke Samuel / Frankie Wray / Corey Bartle-Sanderson / Philipp Dorl / QUIET! Magazine / David Cross / Albeiro Tomedes / Andrea Zimmerman / The Common / SmallWorld Urbanism
2014: Evy Jockhova / lina avramidou / Richard Gallon / Chris Cawkwell / Amelia Critchlow / Jane Harris / Alex March / Suzanne de Emmony / Andrea Robinson / Collective Investigations / Egidija Čiricaitė / Marie Goodwyn / Tom Sowden / Claire Yspol / Elena Blanco / Sophie Adams / Lizzie Brewer / Duncan Mcafee / Andrew Miller / Warrior Press / Cate Mcrae / Natasha Sabtini / Katriona Beales / Matt Gee / Halina Rice / Alastair Gordon / Sasha Bowles / ELOISE LAMBERT / JIM MCLERNON / LUKE TABB / RAJPAR SHAH / Mindy Lee / Trish Scott / Rebecca James / Holly Stevenson / James Petrucci / Bethe Bronson / Catherine Linton / Clare Walter / Katheryn Owens / Chris Green / Edoardo Amodio / Halgurd A M Baram / Sultan Caliskan / Limor Chen / Veronica de Giovanelli / Sine Içli / Tess E Petersen / Maggie Pettigrew / Zöe Zircon Davis / Oliver Sumner / Elina Suoyrjo / Rupert Phelps / Tracey Payne / Ian Maslen / Karen David / Josué Borges / Ralph Anderson
2013: Abbi Torrance / Alex March / Alice Wilson / Amelia Critchlow / Catherine Linton / Chris Cawkwell / Eleanor J G Wright / Fiona Grady / Heather Meyerratken / Helen Goodwin / James Petrucci / Janet Milner / Jessica Wallis / Judith Hayes / Julia Rodrigues / Kat Sagan / Laura-Jane Stanfield / Luci Eldridge / Nicola Thomas / Ralph Anderson / Sasha Bowles / Sophie Cordery / Stephanie Land / Suzanne De Emmony / Trevor Kiernander / Victoria Arney / Noemi Niederhauser / Sonia Boyce / Aaron Head / Ana Milenkovic / Beth West / Charlotte Brisland / Charley Peters / Charlie Godet Thomas / Claire Yspol / Daniel Newton / Dawn Hunter / Euan Stewart / Eva Masterman / Gabriela Szulman / Gina Soden / Hannah Williamson / Holly Stevenson / Jess Littlewood / Karen David / Katya Robin / Laura Marker / Marina Kassianidou / Mark Scott-Wood / Matt Gee / Mona Choo / Nicola Thomas / Nwike Jisike / Olga Koroleva / Ondrej Benes / Rebecca Byrne / Richard Stone / Robert Moon / Steve Gee / Susan Eyre / Susannah Douglas / Teresa Paiva / Tracey Payne / Trystan Williams / Katie Goodwin / Alasdair Duncan / Susan Young / Stuart Pound / Jordan Baseman / Rory McClean / Emma Hart / Nicki Rolls / Ben Rivers / Fanny Albouker / Yu Araki / Kirsten Atkins / Peter Barnard / Philip Elbourne / Tim Barnes / Christopher Brooke / Bethe Bronson / Jayoon Choi / Jennie Cole / Tiffany Dahhan / Karen Densham / Tessa Garland / Karolina Glusiec / Brenda Miller / Dominic Negus / Fiona Robertson / Edwin Rostron / Belit Sag / Elyn Stokes / Tilly Symonds / Mandy Williams / Allan Binns / Emma Gamble / Chris Green / Patrick Mifsud / Katheryn Owens / Sharon Kivland

studio members: Tom Pope / Anna Pickles Harvey / Sarah Palmer / Victoria Jenkins / Harry Gammer-Flitcroft / Alex Duncan / Peter Evans

directors: chris cawkwell / Tom Pope / Alex Duncan

founders: Alex March / Amelia Critchlow / Chris Cawkwell / Jane Harris

ARTLACUNA
48 Falcon Road
London
SW11 2LR