and Garage Pro Wrestling Live
Church Street, St Helens
8th June 2006
Visual artist Tony Knox was commissioned by St Helens Art Festival 2006
to produce a open air combined live art event, which was free to the general
public on Saturday 8th July 2006. This was Mid Summers Madness and involved
Knox - aka Moth Man, Garage Pro Wrestling and other performance artists,
where contemporary art met popular culture respectively. Other artists
included Ross Sutherland and George Lund. In preparation for this event,
Knox was trained by Shock Wave Wrestling and Garage Pro Wrestling.
The show opened with the artist Sutherland adopting the role of the announcer.
A Dutch wrestler with bulging muscles entered the ring. Sutherland introduced
him as Marco Kodiak and accompanied by Heresy. On entering the ring, Sutherland
ignored them and started to recite poetry about wrestling. The wrestlers
not amused grabbed the poem and forced him to eat it.
superhero Moth Man was up against Joseph Hays (undefeated for thirteen
months) in the second bout. At the end of this battle, Hays' record remained
still intact, while at most Moth Man wooed his crowd with his unusual
antics. He was often being distracted by the ‘light’ and being
adored by his fans who shouted ‘Let’s go Moth Man!’
The open air event was attended by approximately 2000 people throughout
the performances. There was a multitude of diverse matches, each with
bewildering and awesome characters.
The audience were given masks by the Funky Chicken (Lund), who danced
along the perimeter and distributed them to young and old. The audience
members could adorn the masks and become the incarnation of Hays or Moth
Man, the heel or the face.
The audience were submerged in an interactive arts event. The event was
a complete success and enabled members of the public to experience contemporary
art in the context of wrestling. All generations shared in this experience,
chanting for their favourites and booing the baddies.
The next show for Knox is in the Independents district of the Liverpool
Biennial 2006. He is currently researching and developing a new phase
for Moth Man. This will be part of the Transvoyeur exhibition in September
- October 2006.
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