John Graham

John Graham’s diverse practice has its foundation in drawing and printmaking. In a current series of works on paper and canvas configurations of closely ruled, overlapping lines form dense, monochromatic or subdued colour fields. Comparable to weaving’s warp and weft, these linear surfaces hover somewhere between a reticent muteness and an atmosphere that is more open and resonant.

His printmaking has been characterised by combinations of autographic and more mechanical mark-making processes. These formally reduced works unite non-representational imagery with a subtle, metaphorical content.

‘Phase’, his 2012 exhibition at The Green on Red Gallery, included a set of large etchings named ‘Abat-Voix’, containing starkly reduced compositions exploring fundamental characteristics of the etching medium. “An etching is a trace of destruction – the acid destroys the material it encounters – a history of process evidenced by its ruins”.

His works using sound and video projections include, ‘Projections/Plans/Elevations(Location A)’, (2006), a site-specific video projection that conflated the sites of production and presentation. An interest in film and the history of cinema informs ‘Returning the DVD’, (2007), where a journey to the DVD store becomes a meditation on film and how its formal devices become implicated in everyday life. The multi-channel sound and video installation, ‘Opening Sequence … ‘, (2008), was made specifically for the Green on Red Gallery with real and staged events being filmed and replayed within the gallery space.

An open-ended project, ‘List’, (2008) began with a sculpture containing a list of names evolving to become a host structure for a series of engagements with those listed. It provides a framework for an artistic strategy that reconsiders the emphasis on the subjective centre (the individual artist) in art making.

Works premised on social interactions have included, ‘Eight Hours Project’ at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2010), A Catalyst Taxi (with Rachel Gilbourne), for the Five Lamps Festival, (2010). Curatorial projects have included, ‘Invisible’ (with Margaret O’Brien and Oliver Dowling) for the Black Church Print Studio, (2010), and ‘Studio’, for Formwork Studio, (2011).


Phase, 10 Oct - 17 Nov 2012
Opening Sequence..., 17 Apr - 16 May 2008
Reconfigure, 04 Sep - 03 Oct 2003


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