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John Graham: Opening Sequence...

“Spectatorship is not a passivity that must be turned into activity. It is our normal situation” (Jacques Ranciere)

Green on Red Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by John Graham. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Dublin and with the Green on Red Gallery since 2003.

Recent video projects by John Graham have considered how reality is constructed and mediated through moving images. These works, both site-specific and narrative-based, are informed by an interest in film and how its formal devices become implicated in everyday life.

Opening Sequence… meditates on the dynamics of the exhibition process in its creation and its viewing. John Graham sets the scene of his exhibition through a doubling or mirroring effect, projecting footage that he previously filmed within the gallery space – a reflection of the gallery back on itself.

A double projection and two narrated monitor sequences create a continuous visual and verbal dialogue. Narrators anticipate and interpret the viewer’s response. Graham’s investigation of the nature and function of the gallery space resists imposing a definitive version of events in favor of the unique experience of each viewer.

John Graham was born in Dublin in 1962. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1993. In the same year he joined the print workshop, Graphic Studio Dublin, and began to make and exhibit prints and drawings. In 1997 he had his first solo exhibition in Japan at the Yanagisawa Gallery in Urawa, Saitama. He has continued to exhibit regularly in Japan.

He returned to NCAD to study for a masters in Fine Art Print in 2004. A developing interest in film and digital technology led to a switch to Fine Art Media and he completed his masters in 2006. His current work, primarily in video, engages with ideas of everyday experience and how it merges with cultural forms and rituals.

Earlier Event: March 27
Group Exhibition: Frontier
Later Event: May 29
Group Exhibition: Ephemera