Nothank 1999

Graham Fagen (born 1966, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh

The central element of Fagenís work is a short video documentary dealing with planning and living on the Nothank housing estate in Irvine, Ayrshire. The edited DVD consists of a series of interviews with the Chief Architect and Head Planner of Nothank who outline ideas and concepts for contemporary living. These are juxtaposed with the views of a young couple, residents of Nothank, who talk about the reality of living on the modern urban estate as a family with young children. To the DVD, played through a standard non-domestic TV set, Fagen has added carpet, chairs and table to create an installation for use by gallery visitors. The style and arrangement of the furniture gives the work an atmosphere of impersonal officialdom, reminiscent of spaces used for training videos or work presentations. Graham Fagenís work emerges from his own experiences, combined with an awareness that these are shaped by history, myth and literature. Fagen works mainly with photographic or interactive installations, often including printed scripts and videos. His work may at first seem to be fictional but, on closer examination, actually deals with social, political and historical accuracies.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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