A very confident, likeable, unpretentious young man, he was very easy to get along with and I liked him immediately. Although we only met a few times - that first one-day workshop, the two-day intensive forest workshop, and the final performance that featured the full group of 20+ performers - we kept in touch via social media and talked quite early on about maybe working together in the future.
A gifted illustrator, Adam Wilson Holmes is also ambitiously working with performance, installation and performance - whilst still completing his fine art BA - all parallels with Adam James' practice.
Having already expressed an interest in performing with or for him, when Adam was planning to use group performance for his final degree show, it was an easy decision to support him and make the journey to Sunderland.
I won't say that much about the actual performance, as it is one of those pieces of work that is tenuous in its permanence. It leaves only a physical structure (that will be dismantled within a week) and the memory of what took place for the performers, Adam himself, and those people lucky enough to see a major new piece of work by a young artist I am sure is going places - even if they didn't realise it at the time. In fact, even during the performance there was much discussion and controversy even, over whether anything was taking place at all. Word of the show show featuring male nudity seemed to spread rapidly through the building and afterwards there seemed to be a sense that Adam Wilson Holmes had created the most controversial piece in the 2014 Degree Show 'Em Em Ex Ivy'.
NUDE MODELS/PERFORMERS WANTED (MEN - SLIM, AVERAGE OR MUSCULAR BUILD)
Nude male performers needed on the 13th of June 2014 and on several dates for the 2 or 3 weeks in leading up to that date for a performance art installation at Sunderland University. The performance will take place inside a 1ft space between a series of walls, involving between one and twenty performers at a time, depending on the preferences of each performer regarding interaction between other performers and the audience. It is not necessarily essential for the audience to see the performers.