Can You Spot Me Real Quick?
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About The Event
Connor Shields’ artwork is an enquiry into the nature of maleness through the use of dichotomous materials such as steel, knitted wool and fabrics. The sculptures reflect on and are influenced by traditionally hyper-masculine spaces that can often be hostile environments for queer people. ‘Can You Spot Me Real Quick?’ brings together a selection of new sculptural and two dimensional artworks, which cruise these spaces. The exhibition’s title alludes to casual gestures of protection in these male spaces and asks questions about what it means to be seen.
Connor Shields is an artist based in Leeds. His practice looks at the nature of maleness through the use of dichotomous materials such as steel, knitted wool and fabrics. An investigation of these industrial materials and craft techniques realises a visually powerful dynamic in which ideas of ‘working-class masculinity’ are explored. Originating from Middlesbrough, Shields’ artwork develops as a response to experiences of post-industrial upbringing. He likes his process to be explorative, combining often contrasting objects which develop a sense of tension. With subtlety, his artworks take issue with the adopted roles that we easily accept and assume, allowing the viewer to unpick these perceptions.