An obscure beginning to a blog post, yes, and one that I feel is in keeping with the intriguing nature of my recent work with Sam Watson & Adam Phillips, Directors of CIRCA Projects.
I’ve known Sam and Adam for a while and I’m excited that we are now working together on a number of projects.
A VHS video still, Two Sausages is perhaps one of the most lo-fi pieces I’ve made.
At first, the highly refined finishing of the Archival Pigment Print seems a curious juxtaposition with the origination of the digital file.
However, this relationship between two very different media (along with the playfulness and wit of the piece) simply adds a further level of enjoyment.
Eric Bainbridge, in conversation recently with CIRCA Projects, describes the sausage videos further:
“When I first showed them, I presented the two sausage pieces at the Gilmore Gallery in London (‘The Cavendish Group’ 1994).
“It was at a time when I had stopped making the big furry sculptures and I had just spent about 18 months messing about in the studio.
“So, the curator at the Gilmore Gallery wanted to do a show out of these diverse things that I had been creating in the studio and I wasn’t exactly sure that these things could be a show, but because I was doing some objects, some drawings, prints and various things — I thought I should have a video.
“At the time video was just becoming the mainstream, it almost felt like you couldn’t do a show unless it was a video show, so I did it as a deliberate act.
“I was interested in extending the possibility of an object. I thought, if I make a video it would just sit on a monitor on the floor and it just became another way of presenting an object. So that’s how it happened. But I also like the idea that everything at the time seemed to be including video — so it was a deliberate ploy.”
Video Show runs from 21st September to 21st October with a Preview and Artist Talk on Tuesday 20th September, 6-9 pm.
The preview event will feature Eric Bainbridge in conversation with British Art Show 7 and Modern British Sculpture co-curator, Keith Wilson at 7.30pm.