1968 and Other Myths
The YPG Gallery,
Open 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Watercolour painting has provided a way of extracting May 1968 images from photographic and digital media circulation, allowing a different kind of focus in time.
The effects of images reverberate for decades through our collective psyche. Familiar images re-circulate, silently accruing meaning and attaining mythical characteristics. Quaife’s work emerged from a consideration of the power of the image in cultural myths, events or moments such as May ’68. There have been few events that have reverberated so strongly and yet, as Gilles Deleuze argued, “May ’68 did not take place” – it is possible to think of it as a non event
For Quaife, watercolour painting has provided a way of extracting images from this media circulation, allowing a different kind of focus in time: the act of painting has a different making time and thinking time to that of photography and the media and, as paintings, they are made again as something new in a different era fifty years in their future.