John Smith
‘Dad’s Stick’, 2012 
HD video, colour, sound; 5.04 min 
Edition of 5 + 2 AP 
SMITH-2012-0036 

‘Dad’s Stick’ focuses upon three well-used objects that were shown to the artist by his father shortly before he died. Two of these were so steeped in history that their original forms and functions were almost completely obscured. A third object seemed to be instantly recognisable, but turned out to be something else entirely. Taking these enigmatic artefacts as its starting point, ‘Dad’s Stick’ creates a dialogue between visual abstraction and literal meaning, exploring the contradictions of memory and history to hint at the character of a dead father and his relationship with his son.