One Day Back Home (Their Eyes)
31 January 1982
An installation of a work by John Blake will be on view at Matt’s Gallery for one day only, on Sunday the 31st of January 1982, from 2-8 p.m.
This exhibition derives from a collection of over one hundred drawings together with a related audio work. Each one of the drawings is a new rendition of the same obsessive image - a solitary eye. When these drawings are all assembled together, entire walls of 'their eyes' result, walls which hypnotically stare back at their audience, fixing the viewer in their gaze.
Those who were able to attend the last exhibition of this artist's work, at the Gallery November 1980 will recognise that this work and its predecessor share one common feature; the installations are two sides of one coin, but they equally provide quite different, independent experiences, as will be confirmed on the day.
From the beginning, the process of this work's 'production', both the execution of the drawings themselves, which occupied the artist for several month's time, and their eventual distribution- their 'going out' to occupy many diverse spaces- was conceived as one single system. Each new space, including several in Poland, in England and in France, has provided a new framework for these drawings, thus each installation has been a new stage in the momentum of a process which now comes to a close - having turned full circle - by their return to London, compliments of Matt's Gallery.