JAMIE SHOVLIN – A CON-ARTIST LOOSE IN THE GALLERIES

Jamie Shovlin is an artist who loves opening boxes. Archiving projects and people that have never existed, but lead prolific and fascinating lives nonetheless is his game.

He scatters evidential bread crumbs around gallery circuits to baffled and bemuse audiences and curators a like. Taking cultural relics like posters, fake photographs or musical memorabilia he raises questions about how we experience and document information, undermining reality in the process by producing proof of things that never were.

This includes the extensive back catalogue of fictitious German punk band ‘LustFaust’ - who lack nothing but a real album (and actual members).

Loving to observe his public as they venture down winding pseudo-pathways, then relishing the moment en route when they realise they’re lost in an intangible terrain, Shovlin is a trickster, a renegade and a contemporary con-artist extraordinaire. Charles Saatchi was allegedly duped by one of his façades, paying big money for the sketchbooks of a fictional 13yr old Jewish girl Naomi V Jelish, which is an anagram of Jamie’s name.

From the back catalogue

of ‘LustFaust’ came the seed of Shovlin’s newest project, the scoring of a low budget 70’s horror ‘Hiker Meat.’ This spawned the making of a remaking of a film that never was and what began as a 300 word blurb intended to replicate the low standards, cheap thrills and stereotypes of the exploitation genre. It became a feature-length visual collage culled from 70’s slashers. The end result ‘Rough Cut’ is a testimony to the deconstruction of cinema itself something Victoria Warehouse's in-house film and theatre company Inglenook Productions are very interested in.

So, just to get things straight - ‘Rough Cut’ is a metamentary of the remaking of ‘Hiker Meat’ (confused yet, it’s alright - you’re supposed to be) and its world premiere is at Cornerhouse on Sat 29thNov, tickets are onsale here.

An exhibition showcasing the props and paraphernalia (including a fanged latex worm that appears lubed up and wriggling in the film) will follow on Jan 18th in the Cornerhouse Galleries and 'Rough Cut' will be screened throughout. God knows what trickery awaits.

For anyone that’s ever wondered how B-movie horrors were made in the heyday of slasher sleaze this is a must see, for everyone else it’s just a hilarious peek into the jaws of movie madness.