Ceri hand Gallery
12 Cotton Street
until November 28th 2010
Rebecca Lennon’s first solo show at Ceri Hand Gallery draws together the found, the stolen, the forged, the made and the re-made in a series of exchanges and situations, nuanced with an often ritual, misplaced and convoluted drive to connect, act or validate.
Old photos bought by weight of the pile in markets and on eBay, art sent to a debt collection agency as an offering for the debt, a film clip of a man acting out a sleep disorder, and a family member who swam across Morcambe bay in exchange for a wooden chest of drawers, are brought together in a show eating its tail, perpetually shifting between the personal and inauthentic, humour and something darker.
"My Dad gave me my Mum's passport recently as a present. It was printed in 1982, contains 32 pages and has the number 312394 on the front. On the second page the description reads Occupation: Computer Clerk, Place of Birth: Manchester, Country of Residence: England, Height: 5ft 2, Colour of Eyes: Blue, Special Peculiarities: Birth Mark on Left Leg. As a sentimental gesture, I decided to have the description tattooed on my right leg. The tattooist wrote: Join us join us join us join us. Method Actors participate in a group relaxation exercise; propped on chairs, legs straight in front of them - they turn their heads and legs in a circular motion, letting out noises - sometimes short and loud and sometimes quiet and constant, occasionally crying. With the goal of accessing truth to authenticate their act, they unlock their 'instruments' (bodies), discard themselves as 'product' and connect with their 'personal objects' (memories). If an actor is distracted at any point, allowing his or her ego to get in the way of the exercise - the teacher shouts 'Live with me!'".