In our first Mixing It Up feature, artist Liam Fallon shares his love of cooking, inspiration behind his recent exhibition The Hotspot at Castor Gallery (London) and some of his earliest memories making work.
In his practice, Fallon explores the diverse landscape of queer culture through the use and manipulation of objects and materials. The binary of private versus public marks a particular point of interest; exploring the sentimental values of love, desire and loss, occurrences that are at once unfolding in the public realm, whilst at the same time remaining an enigmatically private affair. At first glance, these works seem reminiscent of things and places encountered before, but all is not as it seems with each work beginning to spiral and theatrically perform. Broken walls being laced up; others are unzipping to reveal a little more than they bargained for whilst hydrants become functionless and sculptures grow socks, crawling for the exit. Here, the mundane has been revalued and exalted and their previous function as markers of space, defining our boundaries, is something of the distant past and instead looking towards the future.
Liam Fallon (b. 1995) was born In Stoke on Trent and now lives and works in London. He Graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2017 and has gone on to exhibit both nationally and internationally including Voidoid Archive, Glasgow, Sluice Art Fair, New York and DUVE Berlin. Shortly after graduating, he was awarded 2nd place at the Woon Prize and in both 2018 and 2020, was shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize. In 2019 he was one of the first 10 recipients to be awarded the Pangaea Sculpture production award and in 2020 was one of the recipients of the Henry Moore foundation Artist Awards. In 2022 he exhibited in his first museum group show in Debrecen, Hungary and had a solo show at Castor Gallery, London and another at Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles. In 2023, he will be releasing his first sculptural edition and will have a solo show in Hong Kong.