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Alien Sex Capsule

19th August 2017 - 29th September 2017, Artlink Hull

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Preview night Friday 18th August, 6-8pm

The British artist will transform Artlink’s gallery space into a multimedia, multi-sensory and immersive show exploring the relationship between visual culture and HIV today.

Alien Sex Capsule is formalised around the ‘cruise maze’ – a structure common to sex clubs and gay sauna. Using the maze as a directive mechanism Walter’s guides the viewer through a carnival like space filled with painting, sculptural and video pieces converging conversation and research on the complex subject of contemporary sexual health today.

Through this interactive process Walter’s intention is that the visitor is fully immersed into it a multi-sensory yet welcoming environment in which hospitality, fortune-telling and comedy are all used to introduce difficult issues to a wide audience and make the subject palatable and interesting with a bit of fun and light humour thrown in.

Artist Bio

One and Two-person Exhibitions
2017 The Zany Capsid, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham
2016 Dark Side of the Moob, Vogue Fabrics, London
Dream Season Part One, commissioned by UP Projects, online
2015 Alien Sex Club, Ambika P3 London and Camp and Furnace Liverpool
Courtship Disorder, White Cubicle, London
2014 Trance Time, MODEL, Liverpool
 Turn My Oyster Up, Whitstable Biennale, Kent
SPOOLBASE, Westhill Garden Centre, Aberdeen
Post, La Scatola Gallery, online
2013 The Rococo Riots, Vitrine Gallery, London
2012 The Oil Baron’s ClubSmart Consultants, Aberdeen
Cuntstone and Clown
 (with Cian Donnelly), Five Years, London
2011 Double Exposure, Vitrine Gallery, London
LE-zi BAR 
as part of The Event, The Lombard Method, Birmingham
         The Tarot Garden, MEANTIME Project Space, Cheltenham
 its all over yer face, Peabody Yard Studios, London
2010 Chopsticks Optional (with Corinne Felgate), The Nunnery, London
 John Walter, Maiden, London
Pinacoteca – Pina Colada, Galerie ArsProToto, Germany
Bar Zsa Zsa, Paradise Lost, London
John Walter, Canary Wharf, London
2009 She’s My Beard (with Elke Zauner), The Hex at Balfron Tower, London
Pigs Don’t Sweat, Galerie ArsProToto, Erlangen, Germany
2008 Hotdog/Jumping Frog/Albuquerque, (with Maria Zahle), Tisvildje, Denmark
Germany-1, England-1, (with Elke Zauner), Temple University, Rome
John Walter & Mark Epstein, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle
2007 Maximum Noise, Galleria Marabini, Bologna
2006 In The Garden of Sexual Diseases, Toni Heath Gallery, London
2005 Big Books, Bookartbookshop, London
Delayed Gratification(with Mark Epstein), Space-twotentwo, London
2004 Big and Little Epics, Kings Cross Business Centre, London
Wonka Wigs (with Mark Epstein), 72 Welbeck Street, London
2001 Seekers who are Lovers, St. John’s College, Oxford
2000 John Walter and Tom Woolner, Ruskin School of Drawing And Fine Art, Oxford

Group Exhibitions

2016 Essex Road III, Tintype Gallery, London
Everything Else, Nga Taonga,Wellington, New Zealan
2015 Party Out of Bounds, Visual AIDS at LaMaMa Gallery, New York
2014 Lily & Mim, 60 Schoolhill Aberdeen
Hangwoman, Schwartz Gallery London
 Scoop, Philips de Pury London
Sex Shop, Folkstone Triennale and Transition Gallery London
2013 Motel de Nowhere Xmas Fete, Motel de Nowhere, London
Ceri Hand Summer Fete, Ceri Hand Gallery, London
PLAYpark, Rubislaw Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen
KALEID 2013, KALEID editions, London
ARTFLEA (‘The John McCririck Memorial Bar’ with MEANTIME), Brunel Goods Shed, Stroud
LUPA 15, London
LUPA Colony, The London Art Fair
2012  20 Rue Jacob, Galeria Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
The News, Vanilla Galleries, Leicester
May 29th, Tether, Nottingham
Circa 1960, Guest Projects, London
        The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon Space, London
2011Two Peacocks, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle
        Space Station Zsa Zsa, Pumphouse Gallery, Battersea
        Attempts to Get Inside the World, Lewisham Art House, London
        MEANTIME Multiplex(with Jamie Quantrill), MEANTIME Project Space, Cheltenham
        Thrilling at a Distance (with Victoria Watson), Parfitt Gallery, Croydon
        Public House, Hiru Dance Company, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London
        Rummage Sale, Barbican Gallery, London
        BAT Pack II, Mile End Pavillion, London
        Smokefall, Tintype Gallery, London
        The Shape of Things (curated by Silia Ka Tung), Ferrate Gallery, Israel
        Apocalypstick (curated by Jeremy Willet & Sian Hislop), The Nunnery, London
        Send My Love to Everyone in Japan, Quare, London
2010  Teaser, Galerie ArsProToto, Germany
         BAT Pack, Mile End Pavillion, London
         The Art of Function, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham
2009   Oxford Contemporary, OVADA, Oxford
         A Night of Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, The Dolphin, London
         Askewdovoodoo, The Stag’s Head, London
         P1, Bow Arts Open, London
2008  Flat Examination (with the Hex), V22 Wharf Road Project, London
         Bewegte Kunst 2008, Galerie ArsProToto, Erlangen, Germany
         Spazi Aperti 6, Romanian Academy, Rome
         Tutti Frutti, The British School at Rome The Director’s Apartment, The British School at Rome
2007   Party at the American Academy, The British School at Rome
         Spazi Aperti 5, Romanian Academy, Rome
         Transit_2, The British School at Rome
2006  Transit_1, The British School at Rome
         Queer Eye, University of Massachusetts, Boston
2005  Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space and Touring
         The Risky Business of Import/Export or How we moved from East London to New York, The Tank, New York
2004  The Relaxed Audience or Why We Are So Wise, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London
2003  Category-B, The Empire, London
2002  Four Colleges Show, ATKearney London Headquarters, London
         Red Mansion Spero Prize, London Institute Gallery, London
         Painting in the Park, Woburn Square, London
         Hang the Curator – Slade Postgraduate Painters present…, Faroe Road Studios, London

2014 Trance Time, MODEL, Liverpool
2013 LUPA 15, London
2012 Raise the Hallows, Power Lunches, Dalston
Mint Juleps
 (with John Swindells), as part of Ciao! Modernism, Guest Projects London
Cuntstone and Clown (with Cian Donnelly) Five Years, London
2011 Cuntstone and Clown (with Cian Donnelly) Vitrine Gallery, London
        Masonic Yoda, MEANTIME Project Space, Cheltenham
DJ Shitney Cuntstone, RETREAT: In the City, Lewisham Art House, London
Tarot with Shitney, Motel de Nowhere, London
2010 Shitney Cuntstone, Cabaret Melancholique, London

2016 Dream Season Parts One and Two, The Glory, London
2015 GURUJI, The Horse Hospital, London
 SQUIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) 2015
Transatlantic, Lux Moving Image and Cranford Collection at DRAF, London
#COCKSANDCUNTS, Kaleidoscope Video Club, online curated by Francesca Gavin
2014 Cloud.Love. DAM Gallery, Berlin
2012  In The H.I.V. Garden, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2012  Psycho Sexual Objects, Architectural Association, London

2014 STRATEGIC POSITIONING, Poetry Club magazine, Glasgow
2012 John Tiney at Gallery Vela, review for Mousse Magazine

2017 Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, Hayward Touring Exhibitions
2015 Lily & Mim, 60 School Hill Aberdeen, SMART Consultants
2012 Nite Slutz, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA
2012 Ciao! Modernism (with Anna Bunting-Branch) as part of Circa 1960, Guest Projects, London
2011 Two Peacocks, Gallery North, Newcastle
2011 Space Station Zsa Zsa, Pump House Gallery, Battersea

2013- 2017 PhD, Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster
2012 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2001-2003 Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, MFA
1998-2001 Oxford University, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, BFA
1997-98 Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, BTEC Foundation

2006-2008 Sainsbury Scholarship, The British School at Rome

Public Commissions

2016 Chambers Wharf Commission, Thames Tideway Tunnel
2013 McCombie Court Mural, commissioned by Smart Consultants for Aberdeen Inspired

2017 Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
2012 RETREAT, Howgill Fells, Cumbria
2011 MEANTIME Project Space, Cheltenham
RETREAT, Howgill Fells, Cumbria
2006 Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

2016 Artists’ International Development Fund
2016 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (for CAPSID)
2016 Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award
2014 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts (for Alien Sex Club)
2014 Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award
2011 Arts Council England Lottery Fund (for Two Peacocks)
2007 Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY
2005 Arts Council England Grants to Artists
2003 Project Award, Slade School of Fine Art
2002 Audrey Wykeham Prize, Slade School of Fine Art
2001 Vivian Leigh Prize, Ashmolean Museum Oxford
2001 Fitzgerald Prize, Exeter College Oxford
2001 Amelia Jackson Fund, Exeter College Oxford
1999 Anatomy Prize, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art Oxford
1999 Exonian Bursary, Exeter College Oxford

2013-2016 AHRC PhD Studentship
2001 – 2003   AHRB Bursary

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Private Collection, Munich
Private Collection, Frankfurt
Private Collection, Bologna

Teaching / Lecturing
The University of Glasgow.
Open School East, London.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
King’s College London – School of Nursing and Midwifery.
The Architectural Association, London.
Royal College of Art, London.
Edinburgh College of Art.
Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Temple University, Rome.
Slade School of Fine Art, London.
Camberwell College of Arts, London.
Kingston University, London.

2014  Buildings and the Body Symposium, University of Southampton
2010  ARTISTS + SCHOOLS + GALLERIES = WHAT NEXT?, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Artist John Walter


19th August 2017
29th September 2017
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Hull, England HU5 3QP United Kingdom
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