I haven't shown stuff for years, so it was a pleasure last night to show 'For Doug' a shameless rip off of Joseph Kosuth's One and Three Chairs (1965) that is Julie and my contribution to an exhibition at UEL called Bookworks. It wont be up for long so catch it while you can. Actually I think our interpretation of the old Art and Language riff has some elan, this time the subject is not a chair, but a place, Lake Tahoe. It looked good. Here's the written presentation:
By Julie Cook and Paul Davies
For Christmas December 2004 Julie Cook and Paul Davies went to Reno – a city close to Lake Tahoe. The work ‘For Doug’ plays with their experience of Lake Tahoe, which, for many coherent reasons, they have still never actually seen.
From the trip they produced a small artists book ‘RENO’ in a series of one hundred and sixty. The book, a combination of photographs by Julie Cook and writing by Paul Davies, is dedicated to barman Doug Twist at the Peppermill Hotel Casino where they stayed. He was a significant motivation for the content of this work, since not reaching Lake Tahoe became their regular entertainment each evening and the lake itself a venue of mythological significance.