I am delighted to announce that I will be showing work at Make, Liverpool as part of Small Steps Thursday Pup Up’s ‘LGBTQ+ Celebration’ event.
“Small Steps Events presents our next pop up event.
In association with ‘Make’ we will be going in a different direction again, and celebrating all things LGBTQ+.
The night will be fun and very colourful. There will be music throughout the night, crafty workshops, art work , performances and much more, in celebration of everything queer.
The evening will be a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community through the arts and also a safe place for people to be themselves, open up and meet new people.
Come along to our evening of celebration!”
The pop-up event runs Thursday, 1 November 2018 from 17:30-21:00 at Make. North Docks, 34 Regent Street, Liverpool, L3 7BN.
Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268294023794888/
Following the debut screening of my latest video piece at Disgraceland, Middlesbrough on the 13th of October I can now officially release/inflict ‘GRUNDER, HE WROTE’ upon everyone else!
GRUNDER, HE WROTE
‘GRUNDER, HE WROTE’ is a commentary on today’s internet culture and the insertion of unsolicited lewd images forced upon us every day. In this video Walker-Tonks asks us to consider why we accept this as a consequence of using the internet as his ‘Avatar’ character bastardises the well-loved Television staple of ‘Murder, She Wrote’*. This unapologetic insertion acts as metaphor for the widespread plague of lewd and pornographic images that can be found in areas they should not exist.
Larry’s current practice explores issues surrounding dating apps like Grindr and Tinder and how, through a highly sexualised western culture, the sleaze is seeping through to our everyday lives and crossing boundaries it should not. Larry looks at how we present ourselves online, be it fabricating our day to day existence to impress our “friends” or hiding behind a blank profile looking for love. He raises awareness of the pressures put upon people to have unsafe sex and the idea of the unsolicited “dick pic” inviting the viewer to question why it is an accepted part of today’s culture. This manifests itself under the umbrella of ‘GRUNDER’, a series of tongue-in-cheek installations, grotesque sculptures and satirising large scale prints. Larry Walker-Tonks aims to highlight the immense pressure put upon social media users to drop their morals, standards and their pants with little regard for their own sexual health.
*This Video was uploaded on Angela Lansbury’s 93rd Birthday.
Pictured below is the Screening at Disgraceland, Middlesbrough.