1980’s Artists 2012


This project was developed from the earlier ʻProject Dopplegangerʼ. The participants were invited to create imaginary artists from the 1980s. Each being given particular attributes to respond to, such as an Eastern European artist dealing with issues surrounding the Cold Ward, or a radical anti-Thatcherite. The participants then created the back-catalogue of their invented artists, utilising only materials and inspiration that would have been available at the time. An example of work that this project generated included Ben Campbellʼs invention Zac Waterloo. Waterloo was a 1980s homosexual artist who invented a pink camouflage, called ʻGlamourflage”. Ben Campbell went on to use his invented artist as the inspiration behind his ʻown practiceʼ