Monday, April 04, 2011

[HvEXAS] Graham Parker | Part II: 9 Qualities of the Swindler


Graham Parker: The Confidence Man
Part II of IV

9 Qualities of the Swindler

9 Qualities of the Swindler

"What constitutes the essence, the nare, the principle of diddling is, in fact, peculiar to the class of creatures that wear coats and pantaloons. A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny. 'Man was made to mourn,' says the poet. But not so:—he was made to diddle. This is his aim—his object— his end. And for this reason when a man's diddled we say he's 'done.'"
Diddling, rightly considered, is a compound, of which the ingredients are minuteness, interest, perseverance, ingenuity, audacity, nonchalance, originality, impertinence, and grin."
On Diddling, Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

Graham Parker has long been interested in spectrality — the concealing of one set of operations behind the appearance of another. Most of the work in The Confidence Man is united by an interest in presenting objects that have the look or texture of something recognizable (a newspaper, a neon sign, an ATM, a documentary…) but which at second glance have crucial elements missing or distorted, so that our "confidence" in them is undermined.

Visit Graham onsite
March 21 – April 8, 2011

For the first three weeks of the exhibition, Parker will be working in the space from 12 – 6 PM Monday – Thursday, using the exhibition as a studio and making ongoing alterations to the installation. Parker will be available for conversations with the public on a drop-in basis if he is not otherwise engaged. To book or confirm a tour or conversation with the artist, please contact the EMPAC box office at 518.276.3921.

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