After his first exhibition in ten years – Demons at the Stockton’s ARC last November – comes Kingsley Chapman’s TRASHTERPIECE at Middlesbrough’s up-and-coming House of Blah Blah. Perhaps better known for his music with the renowned Chapman Family and latterly Kingsley Chapman and The Murder, Kingsley has a qualification from the Hartlepool College of Art and studied a Fine Art degree at Sheffield Hallam University.
Promising to be a spectacular exhibition with both opening and closing parties, TRASHTERPIECE is set to include the artist’s trademark messy abstracts and objects relating to them. The show will be candlelit with glitter balls in the shadows, a luxurious velvet floor covering and its centrepiece: a commemorative, interactive Altar to Teesside.
Opening night on March 9th boasts karaoke, games and cocktails as well as a special locally sourced feast (a “South Banquet”) for those partial to “flattened chicken, orange cheese and bechamel sauce.”
In the man’s own words: “I try to create dream-like atmospheres that people can immerse themselves in. Art doesn’t always have to be dull and drab, it can be fun and glamourous. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I sincerely hope it’s not boring”. Keen to stress that the work isn’t designed to mock the area, but rather provide a gentle jibe about our love of stereotypes, it will surely be anything but boring.