IN WHICH SAD LIGHT A CARVED DOLPHIN SWAM -- exhibition | 25-Oct-12
There will be an exhibition, IN WHICH SAD LIGHT A CARVED DOLPHIN SWAM, presenting pages of Eliot's The Waste Land which Richard Makin has altered.
83 Erlanger Road New Cross London SE14 5TQ
Open: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2-6pm
31st October to 4th November 2-6pm by appointment only.
Curated by Ellie Reid and Lisa Peachey.
Publicity information about this event says:
IN WHICH SAD LIGHT A CARVED DOLPHIN SWAM
'A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many.'
'In which sad light a carvèd dolphin swam' is the first of three projects that will seek to interpret T S Elliot's The Wasteland through contemporary eyes. The project is an amalgamation of different voices, each intimately echoing a movement within the poem, attempting to depict the soul of a sometimes vacant city full of fragile opulence, nervous masses, fading hope and malignant relationships.
Each character - the unctuous but neurotic lady, the women in the pub, the clairvoyant - gives us fragmented yet tangible insights into lives that are both of their time and timeless. Not unlike the unfiltered snapshots we now consume through social networking, reality TV and conversations on public transport, Elliot shunts us into direct contact with these aural exchanges. The differences between characters, the way they use language and their class implications further emphasise the still existent diversity of the city and the juxtapositions and overlappings of both these lives and their thematic or symbolic undercurrents.
Staging the exhibition in a residential house, we are employing the space to further enhance the idea of the personal: a framework dealing with character and experience in a setting that allows for an intimate reading.
The works chosen, while not all created with Elliot in mind, all echo a character or sentiment of the first two movements of the poem ? The Burial of the Dead and A Game of Chess - and include the gentle frozen and foreign bodies of Jim Hobbs' drawing; Thorbjorn Andersen's enquiries into the bridge between philosophy, geometry and contemporary life; Zöe Brown's solitary female amidst shifting saccharine structures; and Kate Hawkins' performative, wry and comedic posturing.
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27th and 28th October, 2-6pm; 31st October to 4th November, 2-6pm - by appointment only.