Anthony Shapland - Suddenly After a Long Silence

“It’s the briefest of pauses, with not time enough to even turn full circle and look at all the lights this city throws out to the sky, and it’s a pause which is easily broken. A slamming door, a car alarm, a thin drift of music from half a mile away, and already the city is moving on, already tomorrow is here.” Jon McGregor, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002)

‘Suddenly After a Long Silence’ explores the moments of change and temporal shifts that occur between two defined states. Shapland’s exhibition will feature a series of documentary-style video works that not only observe the ‘real’ or the ‘actual’ but also reference notions of staging, scripting and artifice.

Shapland will create new works for Chapter, including False Dawn, a two-screen work that documents a film crew developing a lighting sequence. The viewer is held between the revelation of the practicalities involved in creating an illusionary and fictional world for the camera, and the desire to believe in the end result as the False Dawn is heralded by a caged canary that greets the ‘day’ with an optimistic song.

Works in the exhibition include Nocturne ii (2005) which looks at the transition from night to day, and the point at which a night out blends into the start of a working day. Exploring how behaviour and the rules of engagement differ in the city at night, a CCTV camera set-up to film outside, observes the way that a doorway becomes a private space as night after night different groups of people – from Bunny Girls on a Hen Night to lone males peeing – use the same area to demonstrate a range of behaviour; a catalogue of repeated events re-enacted with different casts. The dialogue is scripted on an adjacent screen and serves to emphasise the small repetitive acts that flit between emotion and action.

Throughout all of the works exhibited here we are held in a sort of twilight space, neither day nor night, fiction nor reality. It is here in this playful uncertainty that the work forces us to reconsider the everyday things we feel sure of.
Anthony Shapland - Suddenly After a Long Silence


Event Title: Anthony Shapland - Suddenly After a Long Silence
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