John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME

Polly Checkland Harding
John Hyatt, Rock Art. Image courtesy of HOME.

John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME Manchester, Manchester 4 February — 29 March 2017 Entrance is free

The word ‘exhibition’ becomes something of a catch-all term when it comes to John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME. This major solo show of new work by John Hyatt – artist, musician, author and scientist – in fact features a pop-up music club (Club BIG), a public library (where you can enjoy a limited edition of ‘Hyatt-as-a-blend-of-tea’) and a shop (‘an orgy of ego and merch’ worthy of Monet’). Riffing in a multi-form way on identity and the notion of the lone genius, Rock Art is as chaotic and involving a show as you’d expect from a man who was formerly one third of infamous art rock band The Three Johns (“Rock ‘n’ Roll Versus Thaatchiism” – an album sleeve, a slogan, a straight-up dig at Thatcher and Saatchi & Saatchi marketing).

Live art is at the heart of this endeavour, with the point being that the public gets involved; there will be regular free events, with Hyatt himself as Club BIG’s MC, as well as a preview night featuring live music and poetry from Jon Langford with Barkley McKay, Rosie Garland, Tom Hyatt with Maya McCourt and even The Three Johns themselves. Rock Art? Rock on.

John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME Manchester, Manchester 4 February — 29 March 2017 Entrance is free

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