perFORMa: 1 Night of performance an Exhibition of objects a reaction to sculpture.

In perFORMa Alexander Costello, William Mackrell and Florence Peake will be performing or coordinating performances in the gallery for the evening of the private view. The result will culminate in a show of objects, interventions and sculpture which will remain exhibited in the space for the duration of the show.
Alongside this Ana Genovés will provide an object to be read by Sarah Jones as a score. The work will appear at the opening and remain in situ for the course of the exhibition whilst Sarah will attend to it, visiting and revisiting the work, for a period of time following the opening.


Referencing Bruce Nauman, Marina Abramovi? and the language of art – with a nod to RoseLee Goldberg’s biennial event. perFORMa will challenge the tradition of performance as a vehicle for artists to move away from materiality, and raise questions on the commercial gallery as platform for this discipline. As the resulting physical objects will remain in the gallery and will not be moved or curated after the event, perFORMa will raise questions of hierarchy – whether the objects have a value outside of the performance – and how much the knowledge of the original event affects the reading of the work autonomously.

MAKE at Yorkshire Sculpture Park_photo by Gian Paolo Cottino copy
MAKE at Yorkshire Sculpture Park_photo by Gian Paolo Cottino

Saturday 18th July – Saturday 8th August PERFORMANCES commence at 7PM on Friday 17TH July
FOLD, 158 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6YW


** If you unable to visit FOLD tomorrow (Friday) the performances will be broadcast live via a video feed on – just log on to their homepage at 7pm.

About The Artists

Alexander Costello, b. 1976, London, England. Lives
and works in London. Graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 2001. Exhibitions include: ‘Making Progress’, Solo, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London (2014), ‘Moving Not Moving’, Galerie Laurence Bernard, Genève (2015), Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, MAC, Birmingham & The Arts University, Bournemouth (2012). Awards include: ‘Sculpture Shock Award (Ambulatory)’ (2014), ‘Pocock Award’ Slade School of Art (2001). 

Sarah Jones, lives and works in London. Current Resident in Critical Practice at the Royal Academy Schools, London. Exhibitions and performances include: ‘Summer Rising’, IMMA, Dublin (2015), ‘Spoken Weird’, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014), ‘An Independent Voice’, Modern Art Oxford (2014), ‘FOAM’, Andor Gallery, London and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2014).

Ana Genovés, b. 1969, Madrid, Spain. Lives and works in London. Graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 1995. Exhibitions include: Solo, Window Space, Cass, London (2014), ‘The London Open’, Whitechapel Gallery (2012), ‘SV12 Members’ Show’ selected by Mike Nelson and Jenni Lomax, Studio Voltaire, London (2012), ‘Mostyn Open 2011’, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno (2011). Collaborations include: ‘Material Culture: The Object in British Art of the 80s and 90s’ with Kerry Stewart, Hayward Gallery, London (1997).

Florence Peake, b. 1973, London, England. Lives and
works in London. Graduated from Brunel University in 2009. Commissions and performances include: ‘Swell the thickening surface of ’, Hayward Gallery for Mirrorcity, London (2014), ‘MAKE’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Luleo, Sweden, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, V22 London for Young London, and Axis Art Centre (2012-13), ‘Valediction’, Solo, National Review of Live Art (2009), ‘Paper Portraits’, National Portrait Gallery, London (2008). Residencies include: Modern Art Oxford (2015).

William Mackrell, b. 1983, Norfolk, England. Lives and works in London. Graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2005. Currently studying MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Exhibitions include: ‘Touch & Go’, Solo, William Benington Gallery, London (2015), ‘FLOOR’, Solo, Museum of Contemporary Art London (2012), ‘Golden 15’ International Emerging Artist Award (finalist), Media One Hotel, Dubai (2014). Awards and grants include: ‘Sculpture Shock Award (Ambulatory)’ (2015), ‘Deux Chevaux Arts Council England’ (2014), ‘Emerging Artist Bursary Award’ Royal British Society of Sculptors (2012).

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture.