'The Incurable Malady of Coco the Clown' is a new video work by Paul Richards produced for exhibition at the Jerwood Space. A clown, haunted by the jokes of his past, is imprisoned in a bleak desert scene. Tantalised by a desire to quench his thirst, the clown undertakes a sequence of desperate acts. The clown's repeated failures become the subject of a behaviorist experiment rooted in slapstick choreography.
Paul Richards' work questions possible analogues between comic performance and artistic gesture, underlining the artist's ambiguous position as both cultural advocate and public entertainer. Richards' recent video work includes a densely collaged remake of the BBC sitcom 'The Good Life'. Currently working on a joke book, Richards will coordinate a future international Joke Telling event at the Romanian Cultural Institute London.
Paul Richards lives and works in London. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and Cooper Union, New York. Recent exhibitions include: Ways of World Making, Swiss Cottage Library, London, 2007, The invisible Transfer of Signals, Romanian Cultural Institute London, The Mothership Collective, South London Gallery, 2006, 2015, Modern Art Oxford, 2005, The Oxford Show, Modern Art Oxford, 2004.