Bruce McLean
‘In the Shadow of Your Smile, Bob’, 1970
16mm film, black and white, sound
23 mins.
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
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“The film was made in 1970, funded by “Situations” -- a space in Horse Shoe Yard London, which was not a gallery, but a space to make and show artworks. All the early conceptual artists were involved: Weiner, Long, Fulton, Wegman, McLean, Selina, and many more.

The film was shown in a group exhibition alongside ‘A Million Smiles for One of your Miles, Walter’, in Prospect 71: Projection. Dusseldorf: Städtische Kunsthalle, which then travelled to the Louisana Museum in Denmark. The film was made in one take, the same as the Walter film.

I was looking through the catalogue for When Attitudes Become Form, a show which I was in, and was inspired by the photo of Robert Morris – not smiling, but looking very serious. Brancusi, a hero of mine, had stated that he could not work in the shadow of Rodin and I thought it hard to work in the shadow of Robert Morris… a minor influence. The film was accompanied by a large blown up photo of Robert Morris.

The Walter de Maria Movie was superior and also had a large photo of Walter de Maria to inform the film.

When the Morris film was complete I had the “pleasure” of meeting Mr. Morris in the Tate for lunch. He called to arrange a meeting with me after Dick Bellamy had shown him some photos of my early sculptures. I told him I had made a film about him, he was not amused. I said that the real inspiration for the film had come from a very funny article he had written, “On Drawing”, in Lawrence Alloways’ book Pop Art Redefined, which he denied writing. hmmmmmmm?

Anyhow the Robert Morris Show at the Tate in 1972 was closed down 2 or 3 days after opening on health and safety grounds.”
 
– Bruce McLean, 2010. 

Bruce McLean
‘In the Shadow of Your Smile, Bob’, 1970



Bruce McLean
‘In the Shadow of Your Smile, Bob’, 1970



Bruce McLean
‘In the Shadow of Your Smile, Bob’, 1970
Installation view, ‘The Way We Do Art Now’ (selected by Pavel Büchler)
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, 1 May - 5 June 2010