Artist Talks Programme - Graham Dolphin/ Andrew Miller
Venue: Lecture Theatre 009, the Prospect Building, St Peters Campus (2 minutes walk from National Glass Centre)
4pm Graham Dolphin
Dolphin remakes the public shrines and tributes made by fans as memorials to dead rock stars. The objects and sites chosen as the site of veneration are often arbitrary – a rock near the place Gram Parson's body was burned, the back door to Freddie Mercury's garden flat. The symbolism of the objects the fans choose though is ripe for an artist’s interpretation. Gram Parson's rock in the desert recalls paintings of Saint Jerome's penitence. Mercury's door becomes a portal to the afterlife. Fans make pilgrimages to these sites seeking the stars aura in physical remnants left behind by, or strongly associated with them. As with saintly relics, or fragments of the true cross, they are an attempt to make tangible the intangible. Saints relics – jaw bones, fingers, handkerchiefs – are displayed in churches as objects of veneration and devotion, where worshippers leave notes of thanks and prayers to the saints. The fans shrines are direct descendants of these relics. Dolphin's interest is not in making replicas or facsimiles. The fans shrines are living artifacts, constantly changing and being added to. Dolphin makes a version of them, he wants the sculptural object to become itself, not a cold copy.Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Regina Gallery, Moscow; Vaxjo Konsthall, Sweden; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen. Group shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Schunk, The Netherlands; The New Art Gallery Walsall; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee and Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, Dublin Contemporary, Dublin.
5pm Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller is a Glasgow based artist working across a variety of media – drawing, sculpture, photography and site-specific installations. Through a process of drawing, altering, transforming and making Miller seeks to gain an understanding of the ambiguity between notions of form and function. He works with the worn and the discarded, and in salvaging, reassembling and re-presenting familiar objects he attempts to ask questions about the way things are placed, valued and used. Miller’s work has been presented in numerous gallery exhibitions and public art commissions. Recent shows include Industrial Aesthetics, Hunter College, New York and You, Me, Something Else, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow 2011. In 2012 Miller hosted No Meal is Complete without Conversation with John Shankie for the Glasgow International Festival of Art, he was commissioned to build The Waiting Place, the Pavilion for Edinburgh Art Festival and had a solo show, Dusk or Dawn, at BALTIC|39, Newcastle
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