BENEATH THE STRIDE OF GIANTS
6 April - 28 May 2007
Beneath the Stride of Giants was a monumental boat, created by sculptor Brian Griffiths from a collection of second hand wooden furniture.
Griffiths’ sculpture depends on our will to imagine, to see beyond the familiarity of his everyday materials and be transported into the realm of the magical. Whilst alluding to a mythical past of Vikings, the Egyptians, the Argonauts, Griffiths’ carefully crafted combination of cupboard doors, veneered wardrobes and odd wooden artefacts maintains what he describes as the ‘nagging pull of realism’. Led by his materials, Griffiths creates fantastical structures that raise questions about how we see, experience and imagine the material world.
As part of Brighton Festival 2007, award winning author Mick Jackson was Writer-in-Residence at Fabrica alongside the exhibition. Like Griffiths, Jackson roots his tragicomic fiction in real or possible facts, creating narratives in a seemingly whimsical style which gradually lead us into stranger, darker worlds.
Together, Griffiths’ sculpture and Jackson’s writing explored our capacity to imagine, and the worlds that are created in the territory between fact and fiction.
Inspired by the dead pan theatricality of representations of the past and future in popular culture and science fiction, Brian Griffiths transforms found and low-tech materials into fantastic new objects.
Whilst Griffiths’ work is carefully crafted, he does not disguise the nature of his materials. The deliberate lack of finish and ambiguous character of his constructions leave room to imagine exactly what they could be and the journeys that they could take you on.
Since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1996, Griffiths has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. He lives and works in London and is represented by Vilma Gold. Beneath the Stride of Giants was created for a solo exhibition at Camden Arts Centre in 2004, and was later purchased for the Saatchi Collection.