Half man, half horse, half artist

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Basement

Our blogger Jonty had a quick chat to Jesse Griffin/Clifton on his upcoming immersive show/gallery opening Centaur, opening in the Theatre this Tuesday.

What can we expect from the show?

Centaur is a totally immersive comedy/theatre/art show. The theatre will be turned into an art gallery and the audience will be treated like attendees at an exhibition opening, wandering around looking at the paintings and sculptures while Clifton (the artist) talks about the artworks, their history and inception, their significance with regards his career and the period he was going through that contributed to that art at that particular time (spacial actual temporality).

Were there any particular experiences that inspired the show?

Clifton spent several years as a child riding horses and reading classical Greek literature. He was also bullied at art school for being too brilliant.

What are the central questions, themes, or conflicts that lies at the heart of the work for you?

The central conflict lies between the artist and his own creativity. As a contemporary artist, Clifton is constantly battling with light, texture, form, composition and size (scale). The questions Clifton asks of his work are universal in nature and deeply personal in form. He asks the audience to look at themselves, then look at themselves looking at themselves and then watch someone else looking at themselves looking at themselves.

What do you love about Art Week?

The free sausages given out at most of the events. and the art.

Centaur is on in the Theatre from Oct 11 – 15. More information and ticketing can be found here. More of Jonty’s writing can be found on his blog.