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MOSTYN Open 21 Spotlight: Thomas Goddard

This week Wales Arts Review casts a spotlight on the Welsh and Wales-based artists on the exhibition shortlist of Llandudno’s MOSTYN Open 21 award, a carefully selected list of 30 international artists from over 750 submissions. Next up is Thomas Goddard.

Thomas Goddard is a contemporary visual artist living and working in Cardiff. Recent practice has explored the effect of digital technology on our lived experience. His work feeds off our political, social and technological evolution (or regression) through collaging historical narratives, making comments on the future, all the while considered within the modes of science fiction and horror. Thomas was selected for Survey – a major exhibition by Jerwood Space presenting works by 15 early-career UK artists in 2018/19.

Notable exhibitions and performances include Survey, Jerwood Space, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Baltic, Gateshead; Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff (2017); Up-On Live Art Festival, Chengdu/Chongqing, China (2016); Testspace, Spike Island, Bristol (2016); Europa, Transition Gallery, London (2016); and Uprisings, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2015).

The word of mouse (grok your cornea gumbo) is a visual essay, combining archival film with an original score, that considers our lives as inextricably linked with the digital world, for better or worse. Suspended in perpetuity, Goddard creates a collision between technological development and a paralysed social narrative which exists in past, present and future constructs.

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Still from The word of mouse (grok your cornea gumbo), 2018, film


To find out more about MOSTYN Open 21 you can visit the gallery website here.

This week Wales Arts Review will be casting a spotlight on the other six Welsh or Wales-based artists on the competition exhibition shortlist before the end of the exhibition on October 27th. The winners are announced on October 22nd.