Art Metropole is delighted to present Derek Liddington’s Reading Machine for Dr. No. Please join us on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 1-3 p.m. for a reading from the machine and to meet the artist.
The Reading Machine for Dr. No evolved from the artist’s examination of Rodney Graham’s textual works lenz and Dr. No. In these two works Graham exploits the malleable nature of text; Graham deconstructs selected portions from the original novels which are then reconstructed into narrative loops. In an analogous effort, Liddington reconstructs Ian Fleming’s novel Dr. No to only include a singular moment of torture and menace for James Bond: a high speed car chase through a mountainside, in the shape of a figure eight. Further, Liddington’s re-compiled Dr. No text has been merged with sentences, paragraphs and phrases excised from Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel Jealousy. In Liddington’s version, Bond’s daring escape is thwarted. Instead Bond is subjected to a continuous moment of sexual and psychological suspension as he continues to circle the mountainside, trapped in the looped pattern of the figure eight. Liddington’s end result is a 7 page novel containing a 4-page loop as its ending. Liddington’s text is framed in a “reading machine”, like Rodney Graham’s lenz, featuring two swivel panels that physically mimic the circular pattern of Bond’s torturous figure eight car chase.
Derek Liddington works and lives in Toronto. He obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2012, Liddington staged Today a Legend Died. Viva La Revolution, his inaugural show at Daniel Faria Gallery. Liddingtonâ€™s work has also been exhibited in group shows, most recently in New Meditations, curated by Rui Amaral for the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Derek has received project support from the London Community Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. In 2011, Derek Liddington was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize.
Realized through drawing, sculpture, assemblage, set-design, installation and costume-design my multi-faceted projects reveal conflicting and shifting aesthetics through a hodge-podge of humor, reference, conflict and satire. I endlessly read Foucault, watch youtube and listen to Bruce Springsteen all the while searching for moments of repetition and sampling: David Bowie writes a song for Andy Warhol on his album Hunky Dory, Bruce Springsteen wears an Elvis Presley fan pin for the Born to Run promotional photo shoot, Jay Z pours paint on Damien Hirstâ€™s diamond skull For the Love of God in the music video for On to the Next One and Douglas Gordon wears a blond wig in a quintessential display of postmodernity in Selfportrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe.