David Blandy's first major London solo exhibition, as part of the Jerwood Artists Platform, is presented as a library of his video works, comics and personal influences.
The exhibition includes three new commissions. 'The Man from Elsewhere: Fortress of Solitude', a short video, in which a this time a suited and booted Blandy, lives the mediated existence of The Man trapped in a world where filmic reality slips in and out of virtual and animated worlds. In the accompanying comic 'The Man from Elsewhere: Issue 2' we continue to follow our eponymous hero, in print, as he is confronted by multiple visions of reality. In the third video, presented in a plush and gilded cinema space, Blandy takes on the persona of the 'White and Black Minstrel', investigating his cultural identity and the contemporary position of minstrelsy and the artist as entertainer. Echoing an earlier work, Blandy lip-syncs to Syl Johnson's underground soul classic, 'Is it because I'm Black', but this time presents it as a vaudeville performance by an inverted minstrel/clown /image of death, filmed in vast Art-Deco Cinema, mixing soulful grunts and yelps with air guitar on his plastic cane.