John Hyatt: Rock Art
Sat 4 Feb – Wed 29 Mar 2016 (Preview 6.00pm Fri 3 Feb)
- A major solo show of new work by The Three Johns’ John Hyatt
- Features a pop-up music club presenting live music and performance
- Showcasing new media art and installations that aim to intrigue, surprise and
- Preview night will feature live music & poetry performances Jon Langford with
Barkley McKay, Rosie Garland, Tom Hyatt with Maya McCourt and a performance from The Three Johns
HOME is delighted to present Rock Art, a major solo exhibition of new work by artist, musician, author, scientist and irrepressible explorer, John Hyatt, peeling back the layers of his identity through a set of unique collaborations involving his own personal objects, narratives and live performance.
Lyricist and one third of the infamous art rock band The Three Johns, Hyatt is perfectly placed to dissect and dissolve our identities, alter and super egos, and re-present them as Rock Art. The artist pulls together a diverse and rich set of topics – from post-death to post-ego, magic to metamorphosis – and co-creators to explore our increasingly unstable and challenging relationships to everything. At the centre of the show is Club BIG (2017), a pop-up music club, debating chamber and live art space hosting an alternative art history and regular free events throughout the exhibition period, predominantly on Friday evenings. Hyatt, as Club BIG’s super cool, magical MC, will reveal a diverse display of invited talent and conduct an unfolding and inquisitive symphony on the invisible threads that connect us and the world.
Other new works include a collaborative new album, Rock Art: Quicksilver (2017); an orgy of ego and merch’ worthy of Monet, Rock Art/Rock Shop (2017); an engine of anti-war for sneaking Glam and magic through the Gates of Troy, The First Great Deception (2017); and the rare opening of a new public library, The Collection and Reading Room (2017), where you can enjoy a limited edition of Hyatt-as-a-blend-of-tea.
Hyatt is a Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of ART Labs at Liverpool School of Art and Design, challenging the very nature of what an art school and art can be and do in the world.
The artist said: “It’s great to be invited to make a solo show at such a forward-looking venue as HOME. Rock Art explodes the notion of the lone genius, not by watering it down but by allowing us to lift ourselves together to new heights. The exhibition looks back from the future, elated by its own egoic passing. We can fly, manifest thoughts, communicate across the world instantaneously or destroy it. We are new gods. Let us start acting responsibly, loving and unselfish and care for our planet together. Rock Art will stretch reality like elastic – like being at the best gig ever.”
Sarah Perks commented: “John Hyatt’s practice is so exciting as its merges lots of mediums and involves lots of people collaboratively creating work with him, including a group of students from all 3 local universities producing their own alter egos. Rock Art also puts his status as a songwriter and musician at the heart of the show, and playfully addresses his own identity as part of The Three Johns. Aimed to surprise and delight, this exhibition makes clear John is one of the North West’s most beloved and exciting artists.”