Image: Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. © James Mulkeen
Artists Richard Houguez & Graham Jones present Cut, a residency project exploring themes of social expression and the acts of self-care centred around their practice of hairdressing. The project takes form of a sculptural installation and events programme where haircuts and client interviews are gathered to create sound and sculptural artworks.
Their salon will be central to the installation where the barber’s chair becomes an axis for discussion and art making. Visitors will be offered free haircuts, in exchange for sharing their stories as well as their off cuts of hair which will both be transformed into sound and sculptural installation throughout the duration of the residency.
Their aim is to explore the theme of boundaries, the theme of their reproduction and the nature of either side. This is primarily focused in terms of hair as a social expression and the act of self -care but using this to open discussions of wider systems, such as the reproduction of art, communities and cities.
A number of events and workshops will take place throughout the residency, including haircutting workshops, a private hair salon, roundtable discussions, sound performances.