Beneath the Stride of Giants - Camden Art Centre

Brian Griffiths assembled discarded materials ranging from salvaged furniture to trinkets from around the world, to create a 12 metre-long vessel – part galleon, part trawler drawn from different time periods; from the real and the mythical – beached magnificently on the floor of the gallery.

In the artist’s work, the second-hand and the valueless undergo a magical alteration – a sea-change – into something low-fi lavish and dead-pan theatrical. The artist was met by the general public every Wednesday in an open studio, where Griffiths developed a second work, covering one gallery wall with a time-line of hundreds of water-slip transfers – emblems that sit between the figurative and the decorative.


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