More Work For The Undertaker - Sam Dargan : The Wasp Room

More Work For The Undertaker

Sam Dargan


Tether are delighted to present Sam Dargan’s first solo exhibition in Nottingham, ‘More Work For The Undertaker’ at The Wasp Room.

Often responding to cinematic imagery and 20th Century literature as well as popular culture (referencing the music of the Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit amongst others) and more recently the melancholy and underlying savagery of photographic reportage, Dargan’s paintings are infused with contemporary commentary. Reminiscent of imagery seen in daily newspapers and depicting scenes and props from unrealised revolutions, these fragmented narratives are packed with hostility; commenting in part on the imbalance of power systems and the inherent paranoia that imbues conspiracy theories.

Disillusioned and listless revolutionaries linger in numb resignation, whilst abused figures in the aftermath of physical harm fathom their lot. Often bound, gagged, bruised or scarred, they exist in a world in which meaning has been lost and ideals have failed. Though their plight is tragic, it is not without a sense of humour. Like Mel Brooks once said “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall down an open manhole cover and die”.

For the exhibition, Dargan will be presenting a mixture of new and old works and a specially produced limited edition publication, which will be available from the gallery during the private view, or upon request.

Dates & More


November 12th - December 6th 2009
Private View: November 10th 2009, 6-8pm.
Event: Conspiracy Quiz: December 6th, 7pm

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Download a essay by Luke White, written to accompany the exhibition

Oh Me, Oh My! Oh Why, Oh Why?

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Review by Geoff Litherland. "As a group they feel like a survey of dissatisfaction, failed utopias and pointless rebellion. Dargan is sensitively aware of how and what painting can communicate, especially as a counterpoint to the ‘off the cuff’ utterances we make on twitter or facebook. Painting can be more direct than film in its capacity for story telling: in the closeness of a small gallery there is the opportunity for a direct communion between artist and viewer. Dargan is aware of this responsibility and has woven a together a collection of very human tales."

Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England

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