Friday, 21 June 2013

Stephen Sutcliffe at Tramway


Exhibition ends Sun 30 June.

MFA graduate Stephen Sutcliffe creates film collages from an extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings he has been collecting since childhood. Often reflecting on aspects of British culture and identity, the results are melancholic, poetic and satirical amalgams which subtly tease out and critique ideas of class-consciousness and cultural authority.

In his most ambitious exhibition to date, Sutcliffe exhibits an expanded version of on his most recent film Outwork, commissioned for the Margaret Tait Award during the Glasgow Film Festival 2013. Outwork is a filmic collage inspired by Erving Goffman’s book Frame Analysis, which explores how experience is influenced by framing contexts. Sutcliffe employs this premise structurally, through a humorous series of moving images and animations which explore how titles, prefaces and introductions shape our reading of the work that follows them.

For his exhibition at Tramway, Sutcliffe has reconfigured Outwork as an installation for multiple screens, setting up a rhythmic choreography between image and sound. Drawing in previous work and new sequences to comment on the core film, this new interpretation of Outwork situates the film as part of a larger collage. Animations and synchronised images shown on two outer screens literally frame the original film, functioning as margins, in which Sutcliffe’s own notes, influences and ‘workings out’, become part of the finished collage.

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