Angus Fairhurst
Gallery Connections 1991–6

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Angus Fairhurst 1966–2008
Gallery Connections
Date 1991–6
Medium Metal, wood, glass, walkman, amplifier, speakers, headphones, cables and audio
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 645 x 110 x 450 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1997
Not on display

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Angus Fairhurst is an influential member of the group of artists associated with London's Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s. Gallery Connections, 1991, is based on recordings of a series of contrived telephone exchanges between unwitting gallery employees. Fairhurst rang two different galleries simultaneously and then held the handsets together. He himself does not participate and remains silent, while the speakers who are initially disoriented, gradually become more hostile. The transparent desk exposes the sound equipment supposedly 'hidden' inside, subverting any sense of surveillance.

August 2004

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