Press Release – Enjoy Art Gallery
Evangeline Riddiford Graham
Look out, Fred!
6 April – April 29
Opening: Wednesday April 5, 5:30pm
Artist talk and readings: Saturday April 22, 1pm
Incorporating spoken word and found objects, Look out, Fred! is a new installation by Evangeline Riddiford Graham that explores relationships between contemporary mythmaking and classical texts.
Using the structure of a perpetual canon—a term for a musical composition in which the song and its echo repeat indefinitely—the artist has composed an audio work from a layered, spoken-word narrative. Presented in the gallery in a listening circle that loosely resembles a campfire, Look out, Fred! re-examines archetypal characters and modes of storytelling.
The script follows the song of Fred, a caustic cowboy who tells a familiar campfire story. However, his echo has other ideas. As Freds identity is gradually unbuttoned, the rigid outlines of his cowboy protagonistself bleed into his chaotic anti-echo, which increasingly takes on its own alternative campfire persona, that of a Dionysian reveller.
About the artist
Evangeline Riddiford Graham is an artist and writer currently living in Wellington. Recent exhibitions include Inhabiting Space, The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2016 (with Juliet Carpenter); Loverdose Tattoo, North Projects, Christchurch, 2015 (group); Not Good, I Start Again, Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts, Pennsylvania (with Grace Troxell); Street Talk, Window, Auckland, 2015; The Day is a Fume, The Physics Room, Christchurch, 2014 (group, both with Juliet Carpenter). Evangeline holds a BFA (Hons, 2012) from Elam School of Fine Arts, a conjoint BA in Philosophy (2013) from the University of Auckland, and a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University.