John Smith
‘Gargantuan’, 1992
16mm, colour, sound; 1 minute
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
SMITH-2009-0010

"London artist John Smith uses light-hearted humour to explore theoretical concerns - Gargantuan, for instance, is both pleasantly silly and acutely conscious of how imagery depends entirely on its framing. A voice-over intones the words ‘huge’ and ‘strapping’ as a lizard almost fills the screen, then ‘medium’ as the camera zooms out, then ‘tiny’, and finally ‘minute’, a pun on the film’s running time." Fred Camper, ‘Chicago Reader’ 2001"A wonderfully witty example of how to conduct pillow talk with a small amphibian." - Elaine Paterson, ‘Time Out’ 1992.