Image: Bruce Asbestos, MTN DEW, Screensaver, (2015)

Bruce Asbestos

Resident Artist
STUDIO A2

www.bruceasbestos.info

b.1982, Brighton, England

Bruce use​ digital and social media, popular culture, marketing and small-scale production to make artwork. An active internet presence is​ at the core of his practice: his online TV show, The Social Media Takeaway, use​s​ the quick-fix, low-brow, throw-away nature of YouTube as a platform to produce artworks and performances.

Selected Residencies, Works and Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibitions:

2015 Bruce Asbestos A/B Testing, Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London
2014 - Social Media Takeaway Series Two, Bangkok, online
- Is There WIFI? Cedar Lewisohn’s project space, London
2013 Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Nottingham Contemporary

Group Exhibitions:

2015 - MTN DEW, Commission by EM15 for ‘Sunscreen’, Venice Biennale
- Faux Sho, curated by It’s All Tropical, Assembly House, Leeds
- FR€€ ₮HI₦G$, curated by Jack Fisher at STCFTHOTS, Leeds
- Dear Thoughtful, Charming Reader n0.4, HOAX Publication 
 2014 - A Union of Voices, curated by Tim Ellis, Horatio Junior, London
- Sailor King, The King William IV, Nottingham
- OTS/BLK, New College, Nottingham / Bergen
- Mexico Members Exhibition, Leeds
- Wysing Art Centre 25 Years, Publication
 2013 - Social Media Takeaway (13 Episodes) Derby Museum and Gallery, Derby
- Out of this World, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
- Embassy Annuale, Telfer Gallery, Edinburgh
- Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
- LANparty,Two Queens, Leicester
 2012 - Reactor’s Function 6, Primary, Nottingham
- Circle of Transcendence , Derby Museum and Gallery, Derby
- Nottingham Trent MA Degree Show, Nottingham
- Circle of Transcendence, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
- Open Ended Ending, Death Trap, Reactor Towers, Nottingham
- Bruce Asbestos and John Harris, OTS, Nottingham

Online:

“This is Art for the social media age”  - The Stylist, Emerald Street

“Maybe Asbestos is playing the role of spectator and is waiting to see what the Internet will make of the extreme quantity of work”VICE, The Creators Project

“The Asbestos website promises that the displays will be changed to reflect the public response to the show. If so, how will he deal with people behaving as if the café telly is on the blink? “Mark Lawson, New Statesman

“Bruce Asbestos experiments with internet presence and social media to explore ideas of marketing and monitoring”Aesthetica Magazine

“Cheeky Digital Artist Bruce Asbestos” - Double Negative

“Colourful bursts of internet carnage”FAD Website

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