at Fifty is the first catalogue dedicated to Stephen Sutcliffe. Both a microcosm and macrocosm of all the processes at play in his individual works it is something of an artist’s book, one that, typical of the artist’s critical practice, formally addresses questions about the value of the monologue, the archive and the status of the artist. Sutcliffe will be in-conversation with writer and academic Professor Maria Fusco: this special event marks the launch of his remarkable publication.
Documenting how Sutcliffe’s work has developed and how the means for channelling his deconstructive sensibility has been honed, at Fifty includes a series of new commissioned essays and an interview with the artist. Dan Fox’s ‘Be In My Broadcast, When This is Over’ looks at television, that one-time pillar of British culture that was as formative for him as it was for Sutcliffe. Ilsa Colsell’s ‘Overlaid, not removed’ focuses on Sutcliffe’s use of collage for the deft yet deliberately overt repurposing of signs and symbols. And an interview conducted by Michelle Cotton delves into Sutcliffe’s assimilation of interruptions, creative blocks and anxiety. Taken together with the artists vision for this special publication, at Fifty can be said to bring to life for the first time in book form a remarkable and distinctive practice that now spans over 20 years.
Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in Glasgow and Professor at Northumbria University with a PhD awarded from the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at The University of Edinburgh. She writes fiction, critical and theoretical texts and edits publications and is published internationally and translated into ten languages. Awards include a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship (2019),a Jerwood Creative Catalyst and Hawthornden Fellowship. Fusco has been writer-in-Residence at Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and Whitechapel Gallery, London.