Strutton, John, 2017, Show, Exhibition or Event, ANNA LIES

Abstract or Description:

Over the past decade or so Strutton has started each day in the studio by making a small drawing on A4 paper. Like a stretch, or limbering up exercise this activity was always meant to be an act of just doing something rather than producing anything. Each drawing was stamped, as a way of defacing or invalidating the image, with the words ANNA LIES. Over the years this habit has become an accidental archive of painting without the burden of it becoming visible. The short video work ANNA LIES (02:57min) compresses hundreds of these images down to 1/30th of a second each, to form a constantly shifting visual frame over which a narrator throws accusations of deceit, contradiction and irresponsibility.

For this exhibition Strutton showed 450 of the original drawings as a large scale installation along with several films from the UNDER 5'S series.

The archive of works forms the basis of the UNDER 5'S YouTube channel uses tagging and keywords to attempt to embed the works in the broad arena of conversation facilitated by social media. Many of these new 'Under 5's' videos also draw on archives of material that span decades (religious tracts, newspaper cuttings and personal photographs) and have been put together to form a playlist of short anecdotal narratives that warn variously of the dangers from unsolicited leaflets, utopian architecture and impulse eBay purchases.

MusicianCarbone, R
ANNA LIESLondon, UK20 Feb - 25 March 2017One person show
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W110 Drawing
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W120 Painting
Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W610 Moving Image Techniques
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 14:20
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 15:27
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2768
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