Tom Coates work draws from sculpture, live art and installation.
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2017 they have produced a large body of works, exhibited extensively (including several international shows) and developed close working relationships with Bad Art collective, Cuntemporary and Riposte.
The hope of prompting an unorthodox relationship between viewer and artwork has been a driving force in Coates’s practice and has led them to experiment with public installations, interactive works and live work that takes the form of moving/operated sculptures as opposed to performances.
Coates favours bright colours and uncanny textures to give the works a sense of urgency or even restlessness to combat the idea of the static decorative art object. The form presented is often a conglomeration of invented shapes and recognisable forms, Coates has spoken about this mixture stemming from the tension between the desire to subvert pre-existing gender norms and the dream of creating a new language of gender expression.
A guiding light of Coates’s work is the idea of camp, its dazzling refusal to be categorized within the normally accepted boundaries of taste, the energy it infuses in the audience and its capacity for the monstrous and the unruly.