Location: BLINK Gallery, Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa, Ontario
Dates: September 8 – 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery Hours: Friday to Sunday, 12 – 5 pm
BLINK Galllery is pleased to present the debut of Michael Davidge’s new series of digital prints, Sticky Fingers, based on tracks from the legendary Rolling Stones record. Each print in the series is an unlikely collage juxtaposing images, colours and texts that Davidge has sourced from internet searches using the title of each song on the Sticky Fingers album, from “Brown Sugar” to “Moonlight Mile.” The resulting compositions are fragmentary, displaying snatches of each song’s lyrics only to dislocate them from their original context and create artworks that are more abstract and ambiguous.
The Rolling Stones copied the Blues to create their own music and Davidge copies and pastes (digitally) from the Stones to create his own art, with knowing reference to the colloquial meaning of the phrase “Sticky Fingers.” The resulting series of artworks participates in a long tradition of using popular music and pop culture to construct one’s identity. Each collage maker steals preexisting content and rearranges it to create something new that speaks with his or her own voice.
Michael Davidge is an artist, writer, and independent curator who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. A text-based artist, he often uses quotation as a major element in his work. His writing on art and culture has appeared in numerous publications in print and online. He is currently coordinating SAW Video’s Cultural Engineering project, which takes an artistic point of view on the impact of the Arts Court redevelopment in Ottawa.