Seventeen Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Graham Dolphin “Burn Away Fade Out“. In remaking suicide notes left by cult musicians and also re-staging the peculiar graffitization of their memorials and shrines by earnest fans, Dolphins latest body of work re-authors and re-examines significant incidents of mark making in a (his) particular niche of the cultural landscape.
The exhibition begins with four simple reproductions of written notes, drawings of pieces of paper bearing handwritten text. One documents the exterior of an envelope marked only, Deborah. The works reproduce the (alleged) suicide notes left by singers Elliot Smith, Kurt Cobain, Ian Curtis and Phil Ochs. These small amounts of text are depictions of items that have had a huge impact on their recipients, that are both hugely personal but also in public circulation, and occupy an odd position as popular ephemera.
Graham Dolphin “Burn Away Fade Out”
Date: February 17th – March 27th, 2010
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Text: mariko takei