After the Fact
March 14 - April 17 2007
The Lab is pleased to present new work by Michelle Deignan. Deignan’s videos play with the conventions of broadcast programmes and artists’ moving image works. The videos in “After the fact”, are mischievous and idiosyncratic. They combine information of varied significance with often humorous auto-biographical scripts and anecdotes. Deignan presents herself as a very human character, displaying the limits of her control over given situations. By doing this she interrogates her position as a creative individual in relation to institutions with authority.
In both ‘Il Cittadino’ and ‘Red Cheeks’ actors adopt the guise of television presenters. The narratives they tell weave facts and anecdotes connecting the artist to the various locations that they find themselves in. ‘Unmaking or Redoing' tells the story of the artist being photographed by the police whilst walking down a street in east London. Referencing a "making of" style documentary video, the artist describes this event and her related artistic endeavors through a combination of voice over and filmed interactions between her and an actor. In 'Assumed Position', the artist simulates street photography on a pedestrian thoroughfare in London's financial district and in ‘To Camera' she attempts to gain access to one of the most ubiquitous locations used on British Television News, 10 Downing Street.
Michelle Deignan is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and Goldsmiths College London. She began making video works while studying for a Post Graduate in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee, Scotland, from '96 - '97. Her video, digital and photographic works have been exhibited in various international exhibitions and film festivals including: 'EuroPART - New Contemporary Art from Europe', Vienna; 'Rencontres Internationale', Podeweil, Berlin and at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland.
Deignan has been living in London since 1998 and had her first solo exhibition there, '15:1', in 2001. She founded Variablemedia with Simon Goodwin, an on-line project space for process orientated art works, (2002 - 2005). Recent exhibitions include; 'Miss Mao', Blacklist Projects, London and 'Frenzy' at Metropole Galleries in Folkstone, England. Deignan’s forthcoming exhibitions in 2007 include ‘Black Light’ at Colony Gallery in Birmingham and a solo exhibition at Five Years gallery in London. For further information about the artist and her work visit her website: http://www.michelledeignan.info