JUDGEMENT (YOU BETTER GET READY)

PHOTOGRAPH. 25 X 20CM (2007)

Judgement (You Better Get Ready) was produced for the exhibition the Harry Smith Anthology Remixed, curated by Rebecca Shatwell. The exhibition brought together the work of 84 leading artists and musicians, who were invited to make a visual artwork in response to 1 track each from the groundbreaking music release The Anthology of American Folk Music. The Anthology was edited by seminal New York artist, musicologist and experimental filmmaker Harry Smith, and first published by Folkways in 1952.

Forsyth & Pollard selected the track Judgement by Sister Mary Nelson. They said of their contribution: Judgement is a haunting track that seems to truly embody the spirit of the Anthology. We wanted to step inside it, to understand it, and to echo its conspiratorial sense of endeavour and purpose. It’s unquestionably a call to action – so we took to the streets, to Trafalgar Square, and set about spreading the word of the song. This is our cover version.

Other artists contributing to the project include Luke Fowler, Bill Drummond, Daniel Johnston, Linder, Michael Nyman, Animal Collective, Juneau Projects, Jad Fair and Vashti Bunyan. The exhibition launched at alt.gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne before moving to the CCA in Glasgow.

The photographic print is now available as an unlimited edition, supplied unframed and unmounted.