From climbing a gallery wall or scaling a drainpipe to rolling down a grassy hill, Anthony Schrag’s exhibitions and projects are centred on live events rather than objects such as paintings or sculptures. His events are developed from detailed research into the contexts within which they are shown. They often involve humour and physical activities relating to the human body with an element of experimentation and risk. At heart, Schrag’s work asks questions about common experiences of relationships and social structures, to encourage us to understand our place within the world. His interest in involving the audience for his work has increasingly led him to collaborate with a diverse range of individuals and groups. They are active participants rather than passive viewers,
Opening (2007) was first created for Intermedia Gallery in Glasgow. It turns the formal structure of a conventional art ‘opening’ on its head. Usually, invited guests attend a drinks reception to launch a new exhibition whilst viewing the artwork. Here, visitors are instead required to bounce on a trampoline or navigate a network of knee-high ropes to reach a can of beer while others watch.
A Perfect Father Day? (2011) shows Schrag’s interest in reaching a broad public audience with his work. It was developed as part of an artist’s residency that Schrag undertook in Huntly, Aberdeenshire and examined the father's role in society. It responded to statistics highlighting the increasing number of households where male adults are absent for reasons like the need to work away from home. Schrag’s activities, such as Male Roll Model where people of different ages were gathered and encouraged to roll down hills, were typically poignant and light-hearted. His orchestrated events encouraged reflection on the importance of nurturing and support within relationships between friends and families.