Patrick Staff is the inaugural White Building/Lux Collection Residency artist.
During his research residency Patrick Staff will develop his ongoing project The Foundation, which cites the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles as a framework for exploring how a collection is formed and constituted, and the communities that produce and are produced by it.
Through a range of thematic questions that emerge from it – queer intergenerationality, il/legality, S&M, and care – the invocation of The Foundation will be used as a methodology and conceptual framework with which to navigate the LUX collection and structures, histories, and relationships that form it.
A series of public performances, rehearsals and screenings will be developed alongside Staff’s research.
Patrick Staff is an artist based in London. His videos, installations and performances interrogate the political, physical and material conditions of social spaces, dissent, discipline and the body. He frequently collaborates with other artists, historians, actors/dancers and public participants. His exhibitions, performances and screenings have taken place internationally, recently including The Mental Furniture Industry, Flat Time House and South London Gallery, London; A Factory as it Might Be, International Project Space, Birmingham; The Figa Hand, 55th Venice Biennale (all 2013) and Chewing Gum for the Social Body, The Tanks, Tate Modern (2012).