, School Lane
16th-26th June 2010
They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words but can it ever
be said that a word is worth a thousand photographs? Possibly so, but
Mistranslations, showing for a limited time at the epically named Lost
Soul and Strangers Service Station next to the Bluecoat, is a collection
of pieces that is mostly more concerned with words than actual physical
images. In that we have the reason why it takes just that bit longer to
do the rounds in the small space that my fellow lost souls and I shared
for the opening night.
Whilst I usually look at images on whatever medium is in use and use
my eyes to gauge a vision, with Mistranslations I was looking at the pieces
as if reading a book in most cases, and in my opinion, this type of thing
should happen more often. This shouldn't be too surprising when you discover
that its creator, Nathan Jones, is a poet seeking to develop the word
from merely being on the page to being an artwork in itself. The reason
why I enjoyed Mistranslations was not merely the fact it was a bit different
- although I do appreciate the effort made to be so - but the fact that
people who quite possibly rarely read a book in full were standing in
front of the pieces and reading them like a book and taking an interest
in the art in the process.
This being art, and essentially without a definition, the link between
the pieces was the use of poetry, and its interpretations and mistranslations,
and it was a welcome link between the disparate nature of the mediums
of the pieces themselves, which can often confuse the casual art fan.
The best pieces to this reviewers mind were the bigger pieces that placed
the word in a size it doesn't normally encounter. For instance, the digital
prints 'Museum' and 'Our Generous Imagination', and giclée print
'To Be Obscure' are all good examples of what this exhibition has to offer.
Of course, all the pieces are worth a longer than usual look too!
Mistranslations is only on for a short time, so head down to see it before
it's all too late!