Graham Dolphin and Damien Roach. Both artists interfere with the everyday and the overlooked. A similar sensibility is at work, despite their differing subject matter, in that both are drawn to the sometimes obsessive, sometimes delicate practice of scratching the surface.
Damien Roachâ€™s work takes the form of a subtle imposition on found objects. Selecting bits and pieces of old plywood, or tables and chairs, Roach repaints them in monochrome and etches subtle vistas into their surfaces. His drawings expose delicate landscapes and fragment scenes snatched from the internet, magazines and books. Arriving at an installation by Roach is like visiting a beautifully coloured junk shop where every item reveals hidden value on close inspection. Roachâ€™s videos demonstrate the same subtle sensibility. Tiny interferences with light, dust and nature become the focus of his attention as he turns his camera onto the microcosmic intricacies of his material subject.
Graham Dolphin takes the varied forms of representations in popular culture and reconfigures them to allow a fresh look at this familiar subject. The objects and icons of the fashion and music worlds are reformed into assemblages that reveal the obsessions and formulas underwriting the temporal world of mass culture. Text works include every single word in an edition of Vogue gathered onto a single page the size of the magazine. Drawings compile every piece of eyewear or handbag or perfume in an edition as tracings onto one page. Video projections gather 100 catwalk moments in 100 seconds, flickering across the screen or 1500 images of Kate Moss flashing in 60 seconds. Music arrangements include all the songs in a Beach Boys album overlaid over each other. Dolphinâ€™s almost compulsive interventions transform and disrupt the surface aspirations of the glamour industry.
Both artists interfere with the everyday and the overlooked. A similar sensibility is at work, despite their differing subject matter, in that both are drawn to the sometimes obsessive, sometimes delicate practice of scratching the surface.
Private View: Thurs 17 Feb 05, 6.30-8.30 pm
First presented at the Zoo Art Fair, The great Unsigned is an agency for unsigned artists. It hopes to find and create platforms for its selected artists to be seen by gallerists, curators and collectors. The agencyâ€™s policy is to make a no strings short-term commitment to these artists, after which all parties are free to go their separate ways.
For further information please contact
Soraya Rodriguez: 07956623123 or
David Thorp: 07990556628
Interference is kindly supported by Waugh Thistleton
Image: Damien Roach, Kaleidoscope (detail), 2004 Mixed media, 680 x 1020mm
at Waugh Thistleton
47 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3HP
Exhibition continues 12-5pm