by Candice Breitz
'Cave Trilogy' by Salla Tykka
Showing at the FACT from May 14th - July 4th
The first gallery exhibition I looked at, ‘Becoming’, was
a bank of television screens with famous actresses like Drew Barrymore
and Cameron Diaz talking away to the camera, from famous movies no doubt.
On the other side of the screens, there are movies of the artist, waffling
away in black and white, mimicking the dialogue of the actresses. She
talks about finding Mr Right, amongst other things. The gallery is pitch
black and the only light is from the screens themselves; I nearly went
arse over tit!
If I am honest, I wonder how someone gets their stuff into these slightly
sniffy and pretentious places, and reckon that, push come to shove, I
could produce something more interesting myself, but who is going to listen
to a working class lad from Liverpool, when someone called Candice Breitz
The second show I saw, Salla Tykka’s ‘Cave Trilogy’,
I was hit immediately by music from the spaghetti western ‘Once
Upon a Time in the West’ for the first short film called ‘Lasso’.
I am a sucker for spaghetti westerns and their music, so am straightaway
compelled. The overall images of this short film is a quite pretty girl
crying into a window watching a bloke very skilfully jumping into and
out of a lasso he is expertly and deftly spinning around.
Again, it seems that so much arty film and gallery stuff is made by and
for a small minority of middle class arty people; the British film industry
itself, and much of arts and culture in Britain, is often typically created
by non-threatening bourgeois types, being a little rebellious before they
settle into their middle-income, middle-England, middle class lives. Why
do I find so much arty stuff a bit up itself and exclusive? Where are
the real rebels, where are the films and art that breathe life and vitality?
Where are the working class, the dispossessed, the urban upstarts, those
who might bring something new and alive to Britain’s often vacuous
and navel-gazing art scene?
1) Is this art for the over-priced coffee-bar set?
2) Pretentious bollocks or great art? You decide.