Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
The art of fiction
Jonathan Baldock, 'A Game of Prediction'
One of the most important aspects of a good story is character. But what makes a good character? What makes us invest in them? I suppose it is different for everyone, but the three basics that most people can agree on is that a character has to be believable, relatable, and entertaining. What makes the best kind of characters are the ones that make you forget they are not real.
In that way, a character could be described as an imposter. They pretend to be something they are not. They pretend to exist.
It is no easy task to create a character as convincing as that, but it is near on impossible when that character is shown visually rather than as words in a book. In a book, the reader's imagination can flit over any imperfections, but when faced with a physical image inconsistencies are clearly on display.
This is the challenge faced by the artists contributing to Implausible Imposters, an exhibition at the Ceri Hand Gallery.
Seven artists were commissioned to invent narratives for a fictional character. In some cases these characters are people, but in others, they are inanimate objects; to give lifeless things a voice requires quite a stretch of the imagination.
Jonathan Baldock's interpretation was to create functional functional tools with impractical materials. This makes them 'imposters'; the tools pretend to be practical, but because they are made of ceramics, they are far too delicate to use.
Slightly less abstract is the film by Jen Liu, show tells the story of a factory worker. This is a 'real' person, but a split screen reveals inconsistencies in his character. Half the time he is doing something good, the half something bad; it is as if both the devil and the angel are at his shoulder, dividing him into two separate entities.
Other installations include grotesque characters made out of play-doh, toe nails, and real hair:both real and fake at the same time. There is also an unique case study on Elvis, an iTunes podcast, and second hand anecdotes about love affairs.
The exhibition is on until the 10th August, and displays work that is eclectic, enigmatic, and just also a tad eccentric.