Marcus Coates, ‘How do I protect myself given the pressures I feel? Bearman’, 2016, WORKPLACE

About Marcus Coates

Best known for his shamanic performances, Marcus Coates channels the practices of ancient cultures to attempt to communicate between the human and animal worlds. Coates was introduced to shamanism during a weekend workshop in London, where chanting, drumming, and dream-catchers were used to access a psychic dimension. In his performance work—dressed in animal costume—Coates collects questions from individuals or groups, which he answers by communicating with the animal kingdom, invoking animal spirits through imagination and his unconscious. Coates also works with sculpture, photography, and video, in which he reimagines quotidian objects as exotic animals, such as in The Albatross Species, (2012) where 22 standard-sized scaffold boards are representative of the measure of the birds’ wingspans. In 2010, Coates traveled to the Amazon on behalf of a hospice patient to summon answers to his final questions from the natural world.

British, b. 1968

Solo Shows

2015
London,
A Question Of Movement: MARCUS COATES & HENRY MONTES
2012
London,
Marcus Coates: Proxy

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Workplace Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2017