23 April - 12 June 2004
Brian Griffiths has assembled discarded materials ranging from salvaged furniture to trinkets from around the world, to create a 12 metre-long vessel – part galleon, part trawler drawn from different time periods; from the real and the mythical – beached magnificently on the floor of the gallery.
In the artist’s work, the second-hand and the valueless undergo a magical alteration – a sea-change – into something low-fi lavish and dead-pan theatrical. You can meet the artist every Wednesday when, in an open studio, Griffiths will develop a second work, covering one gallery wall with a time-line of hundreds of water-slip transfers – emblems that sit between the figurative and the decorative.
Exhibition supported by the Wellcome Trust