Graham Dolphin: 33 1/3

Graham Dolphin: 33 1/3
Library Shelf Location 18.DOLP
Publication Date Oct 2006
Description Working directly onto ready-made objects, such as vinyl records, album sleeves, and other music industry ephemera, Graham Dolphin arduously scratches passages of minute, immaculate text into their surfaces. The text is a transcription of lyrics by that particular recording artist, perhaps just a few songs or as much as their entire back catalogue. Dolphin’s practice involves meticulous manipulation of the ready-made, in particular mass produced and culturally loaded instruments. As Dolphin performs his intense acts of endurance, he defaces and destroys these objects as products, creating a new thing, with another set of fetishes and another set of rules. The scratched record is removed from circulation and broken, and simultaneously re-circulated and re-made. The album covers are bent and bear the signs of familiar handling over years, and this suggests an intimacy with the artist; these are objects that have been owned, used, treasured. Dolphin’s choice of record at first seems a list of his own personal collection, until you come across four identical pressings of say, The Beatles, Help, reminding the viewer that these ready-mades are commercial, mass-produced multiples. Any history or narrative created by the specific choice of title is a false-hood and that the artist’s obsessive addition to these objects is one step removed. The works speak about obsession and idolization but don’t partake of it. Dolphin’s hermetic, punitive practice uses displays of endurance and skill throughout. Previous works such as Every word in Vogue, 2004 (text drawing) and 1500 Images of Kate Moss in 60 Seconds, 2001 (video installation) have utilized other culturally loaded devices such as magazines and catwalk runways that inspire similar obsession and idolization.
ISBN 9780955437502
Quantity 1
Pages 8
Authors Nick de Ville, Bill Drummond
Format Pamphlet in 12" album sleeve
Publishers Seventeen, Arts Council England
Related Artist Graham Dolphin
Categories Collage/Mixed Media, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Celebrity, Magazines, Multiples
Artist's Nationality English, British/UK
Language English

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