Last View, 2012, Graphite on paper

GRAHAM DOLPHIN
VIEW

Exhibition: September 1 - October 6 2012

Preview: Friday August 31. 17.00 - 20.00

DAVID RISLEY GALLERY, BREDGADE 65, COPENHAGEN

We are very pleased to launch our new space with Graham Dolphin's second solo exhibition
with us. The new space is larger and with a more prominent street frontage on Bredgade.
The exhibition consists of a series of large graphite drawings, three sculptural objects
and a 2 channel video piece.

Dolphin continues his fascination with the shrines and mythologies built around iconic stars,
their deaths and the places and objects that gain significance through their association with
them.

Upon entering the gallery space the visitor sees a traditional, wooden church gate, festooned
with graffiti and memorial offerings. Free standing in the middle of the space Gate 2011, is
inert, it's original function as a gateway denied. Seemingly a found object, Gate is a
meticulous recreation of a pair of churchyard gates from the English village of
Tanworth-in-Arden, the burial place of folk singer Nick Drake (1948-74). Virtually unknown at
the time of his death aged just 26, Drake has since acquired a cult following, his tragic
story adding to the iconic figure. Dolphin has transcribed tributes left at Drakes' grave
and those found online onto the gates.

The series of drawings, Last View, depict the imagined last views of iconic musicians.
The consistent element in each drawing is the sky, seen through windows or in the landscape.
The foreboding and ever present clouds appear impassive and mute. These large drawings have
a tight formal quality that echoes cinema screen, with a tragic darkness at their centre.

The back of the gallery houses two sculptures, both entitled Door. On one wall stands an
ordinary grey metal door, opposite it a white wooden door, both covered in scrawled grafitti.
Like Gate, these entrances are denied any function now fluctuating between sculptures and
paintings. Inspecting the graffiti on both doors we are given clues as to why these
particular doors have been chosen.

The grey metal surface of Door has the infamous words Kling Klang left by a fan along with
the German word for power station, Kraftwerk. Home to the band Kraftwerks' operations for
40 years, the Kling Klang studios in Düsseldorf are steeped in mystery, with no telephone
or entrance markings, its location was unknown to everyone but the band until the turn of
the century.

Opposite is a more homely, interior, white wooden door, very worn with peeling paintwork.
Prominently scratched into the door surface are the names Ian C, Peter, Bernard and Stephen
along with the words Joy Division. This ordinary door has emotion imbued into it by the
signatures left by the band and that of the subsequent fan tributes, the door originally
stood at the entrance to Manchester studios where Joy Division performed.


The final room contains a two monitor video piece. On entering the space we are hit with a
cacophony of sound. The two monitors are placed back to back so only one screen can be viewed
at a time. Sun Moon Sun shows a sun and moon moving slowly across the screen. Within the sun
are images of the composer Sun Ra (1914-93), within the moon images of the composer Moondog
(1916-99). Playing on the fictional names and biographies of these two avant-garde musicians,
the film shows the waxing and waning of the sun and moon, from day to nient chaos of sound
and image settles into a drone and trance feeling, present at the heart of both musicians' works.
The visual collage of the musicians is mirrored in the audio remixing and layering of the
composers' works, the apparent chaos of sound and image settles into a drone and trance
feeling, present at the heart of both musicians' works.

Dolphin lives and works in Newcastle. He has had solo shows at Baltic Gateshead, Växjö
Konsthall, Sweden, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Seventeen, London. His work has recently been
shown at KIASMA, Helsinki, National Museum Norway, Oslo, Dublin Contemporary Bienalle,
Ceri Hand, Liverpool, Turner Contemporary, Margate. His works are in the collections of
Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (UK), Zabludowicz Art Trust (UK), Viktor & Rolf (UK),
David Roberts (UK), Kevin Smith (UK), Jerry Speyer (US), CCA Andratx Art Centre (ES), Ole
Faarup (DK), Asbæk Art consulting (DK), West Collection (US), Loewe Foundation (ES), Hope
Collection (US), Museum Weisbaden (DE).


www.davidrisleygallery.com

Last View, 2012, Graphite on paper
Gate, 2012, Wood, metal, ink, flowers, marker pen, material, tippex, dirt

Door, 2012, Metal, glue, ink, marker pen, spray paint, dirt, tape
Last View
, 2012, Graphite on paper

Last View, 2012, Graphite on paper
Last View
, 2012, Graphite on paper
Last View, 2012, Graphite on paper

Gate, 2012, Wood, metal, ink, flowers, marker pen, material, tippex, dirt
Last View
, 2012, Graphite on paper
Door
, 2012, Wood, paint, metal, ink, crayon, biro, marker pen, felt-tip, dirt

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