"There are gaps in every aspect of Voodoo Dog to allow the viewer to bring life to it - questions for us to answer. It’s a jigsaw puzzle where there’s always a piece missing. We are left unsure how much is fact, how much fiction. Like that stranger on a bar stool, Nicol may be pulling our leg. The real dog story could be the reverse: his three-legged dog the inspiration for his own three-legged sculpture".
Using subtle sleight of hand Nicol attempts to animate a face and a memory into life.
The artist methodically constructs a wooden cube in real time.
European and South Pacific choral music accompanies a sculpted image of a mother and child.
An absurdist performance piece for shotgun, duck and bandage that continues the artists interest in signs and signals of representation.
Gray Nicol's Voodoo Dog
In the second essay in 2018's Summer Reading Series Mark Amery reflects on the video work of Gray Nicol.