Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present ‘We Love Our Audience’, a duo show by Dawn Mellor and Alberto Garcia-Alix.
This show focuses on two works: ‘We Love Our Audience’ (2010-2012), an installation consisting of 50 pastel drawings by Dawn Mellor, and ‘From There is No Return’ (2008), a video work by Alberto Garcia-Alix as a preview for his first solo show at the gallery opening on 8 September 2012.
‘We Love Our Audience’ is the follow-up to two earlier pastel series, 'The conspirators’, 2009/10 and ‘Dildo and Anass’, 2010, consisting of actresses’ portraits, taken from feature films. The installation shown at the gallery is a series of male portraits specifically, once again taken from movies, while the portrayed actors clearly being in various states of emotional and physical distress and suffering. Put together to create a context of their own, the images depict a general eruption of chaotic violence and conspiratorial plotting. Parodying the conventions of the final scenes of revenge tragedy plays, popular in the Elizabethan and Jacobean era, implicating the viewer as witness or participator in relation to the community depicted.
‘From Where There Is No Return’ is an audiovisual project by Alberto Garcia-Alix conceived for his 2008 retrospective exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. In this work, the artist makes a journey through time, commenting his own photographic oeuvre using his voice to guide the audience – an “infinite monologue” showing his most intimate and poetic side to day.