Sunday, 12 April 2009

Reading and Writing in Leeds

Chris Hall and I have two video pieces opening at Leeds Met Gallery this week, accompanying a great looking show called The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a Journey.  Here's the publicity blurb:

Friday 24 April- Saturday 23 May
Reading and Writing | Christopher Hall and Alexander Kelly
Christopher Hall and Alex Kelly take aspects of Alex’s personal history as the starting point for two engaging DVD projections.

23 Postcards From America
In 1975, when Alex was a young boy, his father travelled America and wrote to him almost every day. As the postcards appear the piece evokes not only a particular time in the artist’s life but captures the essence of an era, before the internet and accessible global communication.

The Chapter Titles From The Unwritten Book Of My Life Story
A blackboard stands silently; chalk-written titles appear, projected on it, from the unwritten book of Alex’s life so far. This strangely mesmerising work presents a story told in chapter titles – some ambiguous and some obvious, all personal and all open to interpretation by the viewer.

Although these are 'Christopher Hall and Alexander Kelly' projects, they have connections with Third Angel's work.  The postcards appeared (in fictionalised form) in Experiment Zero, and the Chapter Titles were inspired by The Lad Lit Project.  The 'named authorship' is a blurred line on these pieces, and, we have thought several times, is probably more significant to us than to the people who see the work...

1 comment:

Jaye-bird said...

They're looking great in the space and I hope that we can do you justice and get you a big shiny audience.

Great to see you last night Alex (and finally meet the entirely non-fictional Mr Hall).

Now to pester all those naughty ACT folks who didn't show up... tut tut.