Searching for Nick Drake

Searching for Nick Drake

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 7.00pm

Exhibitions - Opening night Wednesday 6th August 7pm | Droichead Arts Gallery | Exhibition runs untill Sunday 28th September

For visual artists and music enthusiasts alike, this exhibition entitled ‘Searching for Nick Drake’ features a series of multi-media artworks and sound performances inspired by Nick Drakes’ work. This exhibition touches upon themes of loss, the inevitable fragility of memories and the tenuousness of recollection. Works range from lens based works to the DIY aesthetics of the Nick Drake fanzine. For this exhibition musicians and artists have been invited to reinterpret Nick Drake songs through a series of radio works; both song and experimental sound works including;

A Lilac Decline

A Radience Enemy & Loner Deluxe

Burrows Phantom Dog Beneath the Moon

Brigid Power-Ryce

Gavin Prior song work

Raising Holy Sparks and Vicky Langan

Michael Tanner

The Lonely Anchoress

Yawning Chasm


Francis Heery

Danny McCarthy

Mick O’Shea

The film works on exhibition will include artist work from the Nick Drake estate: Benn Northovers Johnas Mekas Tim Pope Gavin Bush as well as work made for this exhibition including Johanna Lecklin.

For example: Johanna Lecklin uses the famous Keith Morris photographs as inspiration for her video work ‘Your Songs Tranport Me To A Place I’ve Never Been’. Lecklin has asked the musician Jarno Kukkonen to compose a song based on fan letters written to Drake.

For example: Benn Northover’s film is a collection of diaristic observations, while Jonas Mekas documents a quiet contemplative moment in a garden.

About Nick Drake : Following a period of deep depression, the musician Nick Drake died on the 25th of November, 1974 of a prescription drug overdose. Nick failed to find the recognition he had so desperately sought during his lifetime. No moving image documentation of the adult Nick Drake exists. Nick emerges as an enigmatic figure layered by tales and experiences of others who tried to draw him into their lives. As his father, Rodney, said of Nick,

“And I remember in one of his reports towards the end of the time at his first school, the headmaster gave him a very good report, but said at the end that none of us seemed to know him very well. And I think that was it. All the way through with Nick. People didn’t know him very much.”

The exhibition will open on Wednesday 6th August at 7pm and will feature performances by Loner Deluxe, Cubs, Phantom Dog beneath the Moon and Gavin Prior. It will run until the September 28th 2014


Published on 16 July 2014

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