At Transition Gallery and Hackney Picture House Gallery, London


Andrew Bracey / Jackie Chettur / Paul Kindersley / Cathy Lomax /
Alli Sharma / Mimei Thompson / David Wojtowycz / Nicola Woodham

 

7-30 September 2012


Neon Alone is a fragment, slowed down and repeated. A girl's head in front of a spotlight creates an eclipse, a bass drone accompanies. The film is constructed from a clip taken from British director Richard Curtis's Love Actually (2003) and is influenced by early experimental works such as Hans Richter's Rhythmus 21 (1923) and studio romance such as Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940). On one level, the film sets out to dismantle the comfortable narrative of the blockbuster that spawned it. Carl Neville in his 2010 book Classless writes of the classlessness of 90s British films and how this neutrality in media has come to stand in for a peculiarly British perception, for some, that class division does not exist. By appropriating a hinging moment from such a film Woodham draws attention to the film as a construction that can be reconstructed.

 


Neon Alone, 2011, SD video, single channel, colour, stereo sound, 5 minute loop

'Reminiscent of impending doom. Artist isolates cimematic device. Viewer creates narrative from moment' Art_Crit on Neon Alone

 

Nicola's work is showing at Transition Gallery

 

 

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