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A graffiti strewn door, lyrics etched into a vinyl record, a bench carved with messages to a departed rock star. Looking at these items, you might think that Newcastle-based artist Graham Dolphin had found them on his travels. Quite the contrary. Each one of Dolphin’s works exploring idolatry and fandom are meticulously constructed using plaster, tip-ex, biro, felt tip pens and cheap materials found in the workplace and the home.

His new exhibition at Sunderland’s Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art brings together old and new works specially commissioned for the gallery that continue to examine our relationship to cultural icons and the artifice sometimes surrounding them. In 660 Hits, for example, Dolphin draws attention to how Jimi Hendrix’s manager suggested he smash his guitar on stage by recreating the act on film and then painstakingly reconstructing the instrument. In a series of portraits displayed throughout the exhibition, amateur artists found online were asked to depict Dolphin from only a brief description. The overall results present a deep exploration of identity, whether they’re real or constructed, asking us to question the nature of our relationship to those we idolise.

Graham Dolphin’s new exhibition comes to NGCA, Sunderland between Saturday 2nd July and Saturday 22nd October.

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