Mister Brusherman is a performance work inspired by the independent fishmongers of Walthamstow market. Collaborating with N&A Fish Shop to develop new work, the artist responds to the unique culture of the market and its communities to produce a site-specific work drawing upon a single detail in the shop’s daily routine. Male workers, wearing white overalls and wellington boots, hose down the counter, sweeping water across the floor and out the door until it dissipates, as part of their end-of-the-day ritual. Mister Brusherman harnesses this simple movement, performed in an ordinary context, turning it into a lullaby to the market at night. An affectionate portrait of men at work, the work finds moments of withheld beauty and a gentle sense of disrupted masculinity in their extraordinary visual image.
Supported by Art Night
Image credit: Charlie Coffey, Mister Brusherman, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.