The work of artist Tom Estes has been described as “darkly disturbing & hauntingly beautiful”. Photographer, videographer and creator of multi-media performance & installation, artist Tom Estes has been hung, played and performed in a few of the world’s right places and a couple of deliciously wrong ones. Often site specific, interactive or suggestive of a latent performative quality, Estes’ interventions, stealth art and strange attractions seem to infer a surreal wit drawn from early sci-fi and horror films.
His latest project for Lubomirov-Easton is an experimental collaboration which brings him together with sculptor Ben Woodeson. Lubomirov-Easton is an ALISN Project Space in Deptford, South London, headed by ALISN organisers and curators Iavor Lubomirov and Bella Easton. Lubomirov-Easton regularily shows emerging artists, invited individually or in pairs, to develop ambitious new projects resulting in significant solo, or collaborative exhibitions. The program of mostly solo and two-person shows is supplemented with curated shows by artist-curators, national and international exchanges, lectures, films, performances, and events.
The Health & Safety Violation collaboration that brings together Estes and Woodeson is described as "an evolving experiment documented by visitors to the exhibition; performance art interacting with fragile and ephemeral sculptures, a world where every action has consequences both known and unknown".
As a starting point a huge pane of glass is precariously balanced on two supports. In the performance one of the supports is removed and Estes, dressed as a Crash Test Dummy uses his head as a ballast to keep the whole thing in balance so the glass doesn’t fall and smash on the floor so that neither the artists, audience or curators know ultimately exactly what will happen or what or who will survive. Estes performance is of a seemingly inconsequential action within the deliberately dangerous and fragile environment of Ben Woodeson’s Health & Safety Violation sculpture. 'Every action has an equal an opposite reaction' has never been truer. Estes’ actions contribute to a balanced equilibrium. A symbiotic relationship exists between sculpture and performance; inbuilt entropy where every action or inaction has potentially catastrophic consequences. Documentation of the evenings actions was performed by visitors to the exhibition using a communal camera; selected images will be displayed for the duration of the exhibition.