Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
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Poster for A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
Poster for A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

Far Away So Close, curated by Tairone Bastien, brings together works by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Rodney Graham, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Steven Shearer, and Susanna Vapnek. These artists adopt do-it-yourself strategies from the culture of rock (tribute bands, mix CDs, fan-art, posters, and zines) to examine the relationship between desire and alienation in a fan’s relationship to pop culture icons. The works in the exhibition touch on questions of nostalgia, melancholy, and representations of loss.

Poster for The Smiths is dead
Poster for The Smiths is dead

Iain and Jane exhibited a selection of works that have not been shown before - a collection of posters and relics related to three of their major live art works - File under Sacred Music, A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide and The Smiths is dead. Each event was commemorated with a poster work and one item taken from the performance and displayed in vitrines. From File under Sacred Music (2003) Iain and Jane selected the hand-painted 'Cramps' drum head, from A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (1998) the replica Ziggy knee-high, red platform boots and from The Smiths is dead (1997) the hand-painted, home-made wooden placard reading 'The Queen is dead'.

Poster for File under Sacred Music
Poster for File under Sacred Music

Far Away So Close
The Center for Curatorial Studies Museum
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson
New York

9 - 23 May 2004
Open 1pm - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday. Free admission
For more information, visit the exhibition web site:
www.bard.edu/ccs/

 

 

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Work in this show
Posters for, and relics from:
File under Sacred Music
A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
The Smiths is dead

Related work
File under Sacred Music (Reverberation)
File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)
The Kids are Alright
The World Won't Listen
Doing it for the kids

Related press
'Boy could they play guitar' The Independent
'Reel Around The Fountain' Frieze
'Nests, Puke, Frames and baby Faces', Tom McCarthy
'It Beats Bingo!', The Guardian
'Rewind and repeat to fade' - Art Review
'Psychotic Reaction' - Mojo
'Spastic Fantastic' - Sleazenation
'Would a band by any other name...' - i-D Magazine

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File under Sacred Music
A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
This Much is Certain
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!
Artists' Films about music culture
Bootleg
VIPER Basel
Shooting Live Artists
Charade

 
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