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"The Reading Room: Denis Doran"
2002-02-14 until 2002-03-09
Tom Blau Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

align=right> Elegiac and fragmented images concerning a childhood landscape reflected and refracted through the artist's relationship with his two sons. A boy's story of sorts, but one rooted in geographical and cultural migration.

Denis Doran's memories of rainy afternoons spent as a young boy in a reference library on the North East coast of England have inspired his latest body of work. Although he now lives in Brighton, he is increasingly concerned with exploring the cultural differences between his own North East childhood and that of his two sons, brought up on the South coast. Doran works digitally, initially collecting and assembling ephemera; detritus, scraps of photographs of his sons and his father, typographic fragments, and text which function as visual aids to memory.

The exhibition, in three sections, consists of some twenty large and vibrantly coloured images. They are accompanied by a series of artist-made books taking inspiration from popular childhood pastimes. These are boys stories, if you like, but boys stories rooted in migration.

IMAGE:
Denis Doran,
Walking the Dog, 2001


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