Stuart Middleton (b. 1987, Crewe, UK) graduated from Camberwell College of Art, London in 2009 and from Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main in 2016, and currently lives and works in Glasgow. His work reflects upon spaces in which internalised fantasies and public expectations come together, examining how fictional narratives enter popular culture as tools used to underpin social divisions.
Middleton is interested in the coercive nature of metaphors, asking under what conditions they originate and what roles they play in the entrenchment of identities. His work often returns to environments such as agriculture, prison and management hierachies to explore situations where emotion, capital, technology, gender, power and cruelty are inextricably interwoven into toxic structures. He employs drawing, painting, sculpture, text and animation to echo conditions where the normalisation of extreme violence, institutional senselessness, ignorance and paranoid aggression is commonplace.
Recent solo exhibitions include Beat, ICA, London (2017), the gonks, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2015) Sad Sketches. Piper Keys, London (2014) Group exhibitions include: Being There. Vilma Gold, London (2016) Unruly Relations, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland (2016) Edgelands. Camden Arts Centre, London (2015) The Mechanical Garden and Other Long Encores The Woodmill, London (2014).
You can listen to a recording of his talk here.