Why Not Sneeze Peppermint Butler?

In 'Why Not Sneeze Peppermint Butler?' Walter combines art history, popular culture and science in a dissonant concoction. He draws on Marcel Duchamp's famous 1921 readymade 'Why not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy?' as the starting point for a video about an imaginary virus that spreads the occult. He recruits Adventure Time cartoon occultist Peppermint Butler as the protagonist for his drama, which is a collage of live action and Virtual Reality footage.



Walter made over 30 costumes for his film A Virus Walks Into A Bar. Each costume is a full-body onesie customised using embroidery, trimmings, patches, pop-poms and other haberdashery. The most ambitious is covered entirely in buttons, a kind of rainbow Pearly Queen, which took five months to produce. Colonies of buttons can be seen infecting the surface of the costume. Other costumes take motifs from Walter’s Cytoplasm paintings, the shapes of which mutate when placed on the three-dimensional form of the body before being returned to subsequent paintings with fresh meaning.

Exhibition Dates:

CGP, London
17 May - 8 July 2018

CGP London
The Gallery by the Pool
1 Park Approach
Southwark Park
London SE16 2UA

Exhibition Open:
Thursday // Friday // Saturday // Sunday // 11am - 5pm

HOME, Manchester
10 November 2018 - 6 January 2019

2 Tony Wilson Place
M15 4FN

Main Gallery
Mon: closed
Tue-Sat: 12:00 – 20:00
Sun: 12:00 – 18:00