Nice Style: The World’s First Pose Band.
In the 1974 performance High Up On A Baroque Palazzo performed at the Garage Gallery in London, donning dinner suits and striking exaggerated poses on and below a makeshift scaffolding palazzo. Their costumes were aided by posing poles and other props that highlighted particular postures. Not only were their costumes 'body sculptures', but their live art drew upon the interplay between ideas of permanence and the ephemeral, between the body alive and in motion, frozen and stylized. McLean recently described Nice Style as 'not mime, not theatre, but live sculpture.'
Posing was central to 'Nice Style'. With each performance they took the art of striking a pose to ever greater extremes as they searched for the perfect image. 'Nice Style' turned their attention to the role of body image and self-fashioning that characterised early 1970s society. They mimicked the look and posturing of 1970s bands (such as the Bay City Rollers and T. Rex), aped black tuxedo-wearing celebrities fresh from an evening function, and kitted themselves out in padded protective gear, training in the park and gymnasium as if they were a sports team.
Their elaborate, dramatic works simultaneously co-opted and satirised the posturing of the art establishment and what they saw as the social pretensions and superficiality of contemporary lifestyles in general.
Thanks to the efforts of The Henry Moore Institute and especially John Woods, On the steps of The HMI, 14th December 2011 Nice style reformed to produce a magnificent lecture demonstration.
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