John Smith, Still from The Girl Chewing Gum
16mm film transferred to video, 12 min
courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin
Showing alongside Jonathan Owen’s sculptures and drawings, is a screening of avant-garde British filmmaker John Smith’s seminal film The Girl Chewing Gum.
Shot in a single take on a street corner in Hackney in 1976, it presents Smith’s brilliant and de-stabilising direction of ordinary life, opening up a fascinating conversation with Owen’s work on the nature of authorial control, the presence and absence of subject and the structural balance between the real and the constructed.