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Tom ESTES' work has been described as "darkly disturbing & hauntingly beautiful". As an artist Tom Estes is interested in the role of Anthropology in the study of human behaviour. Most scholars consider modern Anthropology as the study of the 'other' and as an outgrowth of the Age of Enlightenment and the first European colonization wave. In his practice Estes reverses this relationship, turning the anthropological eye and placing particular emphasis on the perspective and impact of long-term, experiential immersion, often known as 'participant-observation'.

Estes' area of research is based on issues surrounding longing and desire, and so often intermingles elements of personal stories with wider historical and social narratives. The work is comprised mainly of objects and social rituals 'found' in Western Society but through a playful and irreverent tweaking of the politics of display, creates slight shifts in perception. The work thereby suggests that fantasy and illusion are not contradictions of reality, but instead an integral part of our everyday lives.
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Crash Test Dummy /Health & Safety Violation

Artist Tom Estes' latest project is for Lubomirov-Easton as part of 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. The gallery program of mostly solo and two-person shows is supplemented with curated shows by artist-curators, national and international exchanges,…


Posted on October 26, 2012 at 18:00

Art in Action: Tate Modern's Tanks


Discursive Exercises' took place at The Tate Modern's Tanks- the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film works. 'Discursive Exercises' consisted of educators being given assignments that might challenge and inform classroom practice. Set against the extraordinary backdrop of these cavernous spaces and led by artist run…


Posted on October 21, 2012 at 23:23

In Dialogue at Nottingham Contemporary

In Dialogue, is an international event interrogating how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice, through different forms of discussion, presentation and performance. The event took place on August 30th 2012 in one of the galleries at Nottingham Contemporary. At over 3,000 square metres, Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest…


Posted on August 16, 2012 at 18:30

Watchers by Tom Estes: Art Takes Times Square


At twilight on Monday the 18th of June 2012 something new lit up The Times Square billboards. The work 'Watchers' by Tom Estes, displayed at 23 stories high, replaced advertising as part of ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE. 

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have wondered what transcendent…


Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:05

Swampy at The Giants Causeway

As an extension to his LIVE ART work as Visiting Lecturer at The University of Ulster artist Tom Estes decided to recreate the Swampy performance at The Giant's Causeway on March 22, 2012

The Giant's Causeway…


Posted on April 4, 2012 at 13:00

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