This piece was the beginning of a new series of works that involved stretching lengths of audiotape across a hollow picture frame support. Sections of the tape were then strategically pinched, revealing the white of the frame support creating the impression of a nocturnal scene when viewed from a distance. As in the later pieces there is a hint of irony here, since these tapes are still 'recording' the world, but, in an age when their role has been largely usurped by digitisation, this is only achieved in a way that is patently different from how they were intended. In an approach that is akin to the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s and '70s, my work finds poetry in the overlooked and the discarded.
Robert Currie ©2005