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styrofoam block print, ink on paper
digipack layout for "the hawk is howling"
work from 'individuals' exhibition held at white house, glasgow between 17th and 31st october 2009.
taking inspiration from the violence and noise of the «crash tests», individuals raises a paradox: immersing the spectators in a dark but silent and contemplative atmosphere by confronting them with a series of works that play on physical impact. the reference to anthropomorphic test devices (known as crash test dummies) serves as a pretext to emphasize the individual aspect of the human body and to show its fragile condition. although industrially produced, they reveal here their uniqueness.
all the images are extracted from video pieces about crash tests. i printed them in a small scale and drew on top of them. then i gave the images to print on a very large scale, drew back on top of them and painted with different layers of wood varnishes giving a nice matt transparent finish. the foot is a casting plaster covered in blue chalk.
live photos taken in montreal, 3rd may 2009
'i'm jim morrison, i'm dead' is one of the favourite mogwai songs, and one that demanded a visual interpretation. i quickly dismissed the obvious depiction of morrison's grave in pierre la chase, and tried to draw from my own experiences an image that i felt best captured the mood evoked my the music. clearly there's an allusion to the nature of morrison's death, but as the band aren't really commenting on him in the song, i'm not making any explicit connection either. for me, the song is a melancholic meditation on the nature of loss and regret, of the passing of time and opportunities squandered.
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