John Walter makes drawings and paintings, which take the form of costume, video, performance, song, installation, sculpture, printmaking, animation, architecture and artists books. His work is currently motivated by the idea that visual art must learn from design in order to re-energise itself as a socio-political force.
Turn My Oyster Up is a phrase translated as ‘make me smile’ taken from Polari, the 1950’s gay cant epitomized by Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick in Round the Horne. Walter will perform as host at a ‘slang bar’ in a beach hut using the local oyster culture as a linguistic hook upon which to engage the audience in verbal and visual games addressing slang. The installation will include video, flooring, wallpaper, and will host events and performances over the weekend. Turn My Oyster Up continues Walter’s longstanding interest in hospitality as a device for engaging audiences in the dissemination of work. He will serve locally made gypsy tarts to accompany gins and tonic. Turn My Oyster Up will provide a temporary alternate reality for the town, known for its oysters and beaches – something visually luxurious, entertaining and engaging but also out of place, unusual and thought provoking – a ‘queering’ of the perceived local seaside culture.
Please note: this work may include adult material not suitable for under 18s.
Visit this event at any point during opening times. There is restricted access to the beach hut.