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Middleton, Stuart

I am just going outside, I may be some time

Much of Stuart Middleton’s video, installation and sculpture has a deliberately rough, improvised quality. His stop-frame animation I am just going outside, I may be some time (2016), which takes its title from the final words of Antarctic explorer Captain Lawrence Oates, begins with a block of cheese rapidly decomposing in a fridge. The cheese, formed from modelling clay, twitches and jerks from take to take. As we watch, mould creeps in and fungus sprouts until all that remains is a squirming black puddle.

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