‘You’re Gonna Need That Pure Religion, Halleloo’

26 Mar 2015 – 30 Apr 2015

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Thursday 26th March (private View) 6 pm until 9 pm
There after Mon - Fri 9 am - 6 pm

The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre

Halifax, United Kingdom

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Adapting its title from American folk musician Lead Belly’s interpretation of a Gospel vocal traditional, ‘You’re Gonna Need That Pure Religion, Halleloo’,is a new body of work by Crow Versus Crow


The collection of ten digital photocollages and a mixed media triptych builds upon a dense network of appropriated cross-cultural references, from the work of 16th Century esoteric philosopher Robert Fludd, through Islamic geometric pattern to the cut-up methodologies of BrionGysin and William S. Burroughs, to consider existential questions of ‘meaning’ beyond specific religious or spiritual orthodoxies.

Compiling photographs taken over a period of four years, which are layered with minimal digital manipulation or alteration, along with hand-drawn and found imagery, the photocollages are presented as stills from a continuous (imaginary) reel of film. Non-linear and cyclical, a narrative stretches across the ten frames.

The triptych was created alongside and in relation to the photocollages, focussing and expanding upon specific themes from within, through repeated motifs and iconography.

Crow Versus Crow is an interdisciplinary project based in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Established in 2010, to date, the project encompasses a community radio show and podcast, visual art and record sleeve design and record label, releasing numerous records in limited edition physical and digital forms.

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Crow Versus Crow


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