Like smoke relates to fire
1. The new digital animation by Jamie Shovlin, Pan and Scan, follows a news story across pages of microfilm copies of the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Spanning more than 3 years of coverage, the story details the discovery of a rape and murder of an Iraqi family perpetrated by US soldiers in 2006, known as the Mahmudiyah killings. The details of the events are imparted through the ‘camera’, a focal point that never stops moving across family names, soldier’s battalions, command chains and possible cause and effects. Accompanying the animation is a pair of related wall based works, a charcoal drawing of smoke and a pigment painting that uses the motif of the asterisk, used in microfilms to denote missing content.
2. Graham Dolphin’s single piece is comprised of 26 individual pencil drawings of Kurt Cobain. The image, is recognisable as the front cover of the NME from the week Seventeen taken by photographer Martyn Goodacre, in April 1994. Since then this widely circulated photograph has gone on to be reproduced continually by his fans, in a variety of media and with equally varied degrees of success, circulated on tribute sites and forums. In this instance Dolphin has redrawn a selection of these fan-produced drawings in graphite himself, including the original authors signatures and stylistic choices.
3. ￼David Raymond Conroy’s performance Do you (take IV), 2012-13 is a performance by three people, each simultaneously reading a text produced by Conroy. A large part of Conroy’s direct address to the viewer consists of an edited adaptation of a speech once given by Charlie Kaufman, which is bookended by Conroy himself, explaining his relationship with the material and asking the audience to share it with him. As the talk progresses the voices diverge, no longer synchronised and begin to read alternate texts, so according to your position in the room, the full content of the work remains unknowable. The performance takes place at 7.30 pm on 12th April, and no documentation will be presented in the gallery.