Graham Dolphin

Born in 1972 - United Kingdom


Graham Dolphing was born in 1972 in the United Kingdom. He lives and works in Newcastle, UK. Dolphin remakes the public shrines and tributes made by fans as memorials to dead rock stars. The objects and sites chosen as the site of veneration are often arbitrary - a rock near the place Gram Parson's body was burned, the back door to Freddie Mercury's garden flat.

The symbolism of the objects the fans choose though is ripe for an artists interpretation. Gram Parson's rock in the desert recalls paintings of Saint Jerome's penitence. Mercury's door becomes a portal to the afterlife. Fans make pilgrimages to these sites seeking the stars aura in physical remnants left behind by, or strongly associated with them.

As with saintly relics, or fragments of the true cross, they are an attempt to make tangible the intangible. Saints relics – jaw bones, fingers, handkerchiefs - are displayed in churches as objects of veneration and devotion, where worshippers leave notes of thanks and prayers to the saints. The fans shrines are direct descendants of these relics.

Dolphin's interest is not in making replicas or facsimiles. The fans shrines are living artifacts, constantly changing and being added to. Dolphin makes a version of them, he wants the sculptural object to become itself, not a cold copy.

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (UK)
"View", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)
"What is the word.", Seventeen, London (UK)

"The stars will remain here", Regina Gallery, Moscow (Russia)
"Work", Vaxjo Konsthall, Vaxjo (Sweden)

"Burn Away Fade Out", Seventeen, London (UK)
"Rock", David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (Denmark)

"6Sheet", Seventeen, London (UK)

"Repeater", BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK)

"Thirty Three and a Third", Seventeen, London (UK)

"Everything in Vogue", Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (UK)
"BOUDICCA Animate Collected, Exploded and Condensed", David Risley Gallery, London (UK)

"Everyword In Vogue", Five Years, London (UK)


"Kith and Kin II", National Glass Centre, Sunderland (UK)

"I wish this was a song", Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (Norway)

"Thank you for the music", Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (Finland)
"Nothing in the world but youth", Turner Contemporary, Margate (UK)
"Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance", Dublin Contemporary, Dublin (Ireland)

"Schunk@Pinkpop", Schunk (The Netherlands)
"PARTY!", The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall (UK)
"Spasticus Artisticus", Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (UK)
"Read Only Memory", Winkleman Gallery, New York (US)
"A secret understanding", Balaklava Odyssey, Sevastopol (Ukraine)
"A secret understanding, Media Depot, Lviv (Ukraine)

"V-Effect / In and Out of Place", Bibliothekswohnung, Berlin (Germany)
"Timecode", Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (Scotland)
"Pattern Recognition", Leicester City Gallery, Leicester (UK)
"Rotate", Contemporary Art Society, London (UK)
"Mark Making", Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin (USA)
"Inkubator II", Durham Art Gallery, Durham (UK)
"Word", William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis (USA)

"The Kraucho Club – In and out of place", 176 / The Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK)
"Material Culture: Recently Gifted Works", Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (UK)
"Kill Your Timid Notion", Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (Scotland)
"Yours Mine Ours", University of Essex, Colchester (UK)
"Microwave 6", Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York (USA)

"When We Build, Lets Think That We Build Forever", The Zabludowicz Collection, BALTIC, Gateshead (UK)
"PLUS", Museum Weisbaden (Germany)
"Becks Fusions", ICA, London, touring to Dublin, Manchester and Glasgow
Works from the MIMA Collection, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough
"Film on Film", Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (UK)
"Citadel 1", David Risley Gallery, London (UK)

"Play Yourself", Gimpel Fils, London (UK)
"Ultrasonic International II", Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles (US)
"The Opposite of Vertigo", The Drawing Room, London (UK)
"Case Study", Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth (UK)
"Harry Smith Anthology Remixed", Alt Gallery, Newcastle (UK)

"Kaleidscope", Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (UK)
"Loewe", Take Me With You, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (Japan)
"Excess", Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (UK)
"Until It Makes Sense", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (France)
"Boilermaker", Stellan Holm Gallery, NY (US)
"Loewe", Take Me With You, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (Spain)
"Until It Makes Sense", Seventeen, London (UK)
"You Shall Know Our Velocity", BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK)
"Case Study", Beyond the Valley, London (UK)

"ArtFutures", Contemporary Art Society, Bloomberg SPACE, London (UK)
"They call us lonely when we’re really just alone", Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
"The Space Between the Sole and the Heel", Globe Hub, North Shields (UK)
"Interference", The Great Unsigned, London (UK)

"Practice", High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
"PILOT 01 International Art Forum", Limehouse Town Hall, London (UK)
"QSL", Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (UK)

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