For a new commission by Swiss artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, lives and works in Brussels and New York), the Piper Gallery is taken over by a theatrical cast of female heads representing and acknowledging the achievements of pioneering women in the city of Oxford.
The work is in response to what the artist considers to be the heavily masculine energy of Oxford’s architecture and academic histories.
Considering his exhibition as a public forum, the artist celebrates working collaboratively and embraces the collective spirit of the theatre. Speakers incorporates a soundscape of piano, cello and voice arrangements, offering up improvised auditory encounters for visitors.
Throughout the exhibition there is a series of public events taking place within the gallery, starting with a performance of Ethel Smyth’s String Quartet in E Minor by the Stanford Quartet during the Preview Party on 24 November. These events recognise and celebrate the wide-ranging history of women’s contributions to academic life and social and research communities.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1980, he completed a BA in Fine Art at the Lausanne School of Art before undertaking an MA at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2009. Both a classically trained painter and former graffiti artist, he has developed a signature aesthetic of saturated colour and flat, graphic style which is instantly recognisable.
Party’s solo exhibitions include Dinner for Sheep, The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery, Metropolitan Opera, New York (2017), Sunrise, Sunset, at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2017); Nicolas Party in the Garden Room, at Palazzo Antinori, Florence (2016); Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party, at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Pathway at Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (2016); Cimaise, CAN: Centre d’art Neuchâtel, at Neuchâtel (2016) and Boys and Pastel, at Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2015). Nicolas Party lives and works in Brussels and New York.