Suddenly After A Long Silence by Robert Clark

Suddenly After A Long Silence by Robert Clark
The Guardian Guide, Saturday 8 September 2007

The videos of Antony Shapland`s Suddenly After A Long Silence capture in-between moments and out-of-the-way places. Oscillating uneasily between documentary fragments and fictional enactments, they hint at significance where none is overtly apparent. A CCTV camera, focused for no obvious reason on a doorway, captures men furtively urinating and hen night bunny girls just passing by. A film crew is itself filmed as it tries to record a false dawn and the staged singing of a caged canary. A Christmas tree, dumped on a roadside and suddenly bursting into flames, is a cryptic image of oblique displacement and unresolved suspense. The exhibition publicity quotes from Jon McGregor`s entrancing novel If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things, and there are similar hints of the underlying poignancy of everyday occurrences.