1a Artist in Residence Programme

Aled Simons

Mon 19 August - Sun 1 September, 2019

Crappy joke-shop replicas as relics, totems or as a tool for divination.  Heirlooms for a make-believe generation.  A half-forgotten photograph and a misremembered hymn.

In the 1990s my mother made for me a Hulk Hogan costume to wear to a Cubs fancy dress party.  A vest and a pair of y-fronts dyed yellow with a stick on fluffy moustache.  She didn’t realise that Hulk wore a bandanna so I had a red speedo swimming cap on my head with “Python Power” written in yellow electrical tape.  There are no photographs of me wearing this outfit and I can’t be one hundred percent sure that this ever happened.  This is the starting point for my 1a residency.