The February 2012 exhibition of Now. Here. This. features Laurence Payot. She short circuits daily routine to make us question the way we look, respond and behave in everyday situations. Like a chameleon, her work takes on various forms within the public realm, blurring the lines between the ‘real’ and the ‘staged’.
In her project ‘Coincidence’, 600 local people of a small area of Liverpool created a subtle performance to transform the behaviour of the place they live in; In ‘I thought it was real’, a performing human statue turned into a real statue and gathered perplexed crowds… Whatever physical form the work may take, what Payot really is working with is the way her audience responds to the work and thus to their environment in a real life situation.
For Now.Here.This., Laurence is opening up her studio practice online to share the way she initiates ideas. Throughout February 2012, she will be presenting a series of photographic sketches, experimenting with images of crowds as a way to spark new ideas. Mock-ups will be created from still images of Liverpool City Centre, accentuating and playing with noticed human behaviour.
Laurence Payot is a French artist currently based in Liverpool, England. She has worked on new commissions with the Pompidou Centre-Metz (France), Tate Modern (England), and Belluard Bollwerk International festival (Switzerland). She is part of The Royal Standard artist studios and gallery.
The Lonely Performer
On the Edge
Dancing with Strangers
The Invisible Barrier
A New Start