Matt Golden - Somehow, Someday, Somewhere

25 Jan 2008 – 1 Mar 2008


London, United Kingdom


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Displayed on the ground floor of the gallery are new works from a series of text pieces taken from lyrics of contemporary songs. Made from wire bent by Chinese immigrant street-sellers, the lyrics and literary phrases symbolise the artistic, cultural and monetary exchange between artist and seller. Golden spent time with the sellers, watching them sell names written in wire to passers-by and witnessing their struggle with the police. He commissioned them to create wire pieces with lyrics that reference survival and displacement.

Also on the ground floor, and in juxtaposition to these socially engaged works, Golden has created dreamlike cloud shapes by way of a subtle shift in the use of packing materials. Through slight intervention his single element works become transformed and resituated in the world.

In the lower gallery, Looking at a Scottish lake, Dreaming of Mount Fuji is a reinterpretation of the iconic image of Mount Fuji that the artist missed seeing due to a cloud cover. This 'found' photograph turned upside down and reframed represents not only the inversion to a conventional photo, but also the subversion of an object, so that both the image and the object become part of the work. In Date Painting, pages cut from a book of On Kawara's Date Paintings are framed together, revealing a few centimetres of the pages. As each page is actually a photograph of the wall on which the painting was exhibited, every page has a different tonality of white. Each change indicates a different wall and different time of day, mapping out the progression of time and space. Two Drops a Cloud Makes resulted from an experience whilst Golden was working as a technician for White Cube gallery. He placed a sheet of blotting paper on the floor as artists Gilbert and George signed their names on a wall in black paint for the opening of a show. On removing the paper he noticed two identical drops of paint, one under the name Gilbert and the other George.


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