MIRROR | IC3 GL5 by Dan Guthrie
Artist, researcher and writer Dan Guthrie will be presenting his works ‘IC3 GL5’ alongside Huma Mulji’s exhibition ‘Your Tongue in My Mouth’ at MIRROR in Arts University Plymouth from Tuesday 16 August to Sunday 20 August.
‘IC3 GL5’ is part of MIRROR’s Give & Takeover programme and is a collection of new works which investigate historical and contemporary Black presences and mis-presences in Dan’s hometown of Stroud.
“There the Boy has stood ever since, doing the duty of turning his head, lifting his club and striking the hours of day and night as often as they come round; and there, it is hoped, he will for many years continue to perform his automatic exercises, to the wonder of strangers passing by, as he did to the admiration of boys and girls of old.”
Paul Hawkins Fisher, Notes and Recollections of Stroud (1871), p. 42
IC3 GL5 is a collection of new works by Dan Guthrie which investigate historical and contemporary Black presences and mis-presences in his hometown of Stroud.
These works draw from Dan’s experiences of being a part of a council-led panel set up to review local streets, buildings, statues and monuments in Stroud. The panel gained nationwide media attention for a consultation they ran last year that, amongst other things, asked for people’s thoughts on what they think should happen to an object in the town called the Black Boy Clock that was built in the midst of the transatlantic slave trade.
Dan has been developing new moving image works and a research library in response to some of the conversations surrounding the consultation for a week-long takeover of the Plymouth Arts Cinema space, to be staged in dialogue with Huma Mulji’s exhibition, Your Tongue in My Mouth in the MIRROR gallery.
Join artist Dan Guthrie for a walkthrough tour of his Give and Takeover commission IC3 GL5 on Thursday 16 August from 1pm to 2pm. This will be an informal event with the opportunity to learn more about the works on display and ask questions. This event is free but you will need to book your place.
Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. In the last year, he has been a participant in East Bristol Contemporary’s Day School programme, a panel member for Stroud District Council’s review of streets, buildings, statues and monuments, and a part-time librarian.
His work has been screened at Exeter Phoenix, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Focal Point Gallery, Obsidian Coast and the ICA, and he has previously worked as a submission viewer for London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival.
To launch MIRROR’s Give & Takeover programme strand, MIRROR has commissioned three South West based artists to respond to the 2022 exhibitions programme. Give & Takeover’s can take any form with the one rule that they must not disturb the exhibition they are responding to and intervening in.
The Give & Takeover commission series has been funded by Arts Council England with the support of National Lottery players.
Thursday 16 August to Saturday 20 August | 9am to 5pm | FREE