Cath Campbell: "There will always be cowboys" York College Gallery, York
Cath Campbell There will always be Cowboys, 2016, Single channel HD Video (16:9), 6.37 minutes (looped), Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
There will always be cowboys
York College Gallery, York
October 31st - December 1st 2016
York College Gallery, Sim Balk Lane, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2BB
Opening times: Mon - Friday 9-5pm
There will always be Cowboys is a dreamlike film-poem that takes the viewer on a fictional journey through the American landscape from Oklahoma to California following the 'Mother Road', a name coined by John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath, a novel that documents the lives of the dustbowl migrants who fled drought and dust storms during the great depression.
Deliberately lo-fi in its process and aesthetic, the film is made by collaging together clips from amateur travel videos found on YouTube. The dialogue in each clip is translated by Google automatic captions, and the resulting subtitles are full of slight mis-translations that provide a disquieting and poetic quality to the narrative.
The clips are stitched together to create short film-poems that refer to the idea of the 'stream of consciousness'- a literary device in which the writer attempts to remove rational thought, instead presenting the inner consciousness of the characters.
The use of found and incidental imagery of American life creates a narrative sequence that is heavy with romantic reference and familiar cinematic imagery interrupted by strangely banal and absurd moments from the minutiae of the personal lives of the original authors.
There will always be cowboys is the latest short film by Cath Campbell taken from her on-going series Canary yellow with royal blue following classic literary, cinematic and historical road trips across the American landscape.
This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.