Filmed during passage through the Severn Tunnel by train a lone traveller is absorbed in the journey and stares out the window. Alone in his thoughts a memory is replayed from childhood as the train goes from light to darkness and back again – from here, to there.
The film is a departure on recent works but uses alot of devices and themes that have been current in Shaplands practice – the window that becomes a mirror, the lone male figure absorbed in a singular and insular pursuit and the blurring of narrative fact and documentary fictions. Recently works look at the role of ‘surrogates’ in film – those characters that stand in for or carry out the authors directions and experiences.
Anthony Shapland lives and works in Cardiff. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Notable recent exhibitions include To Pay Respect To The Generosity of The Three-Minute Punk-Rock Song, CRATE, Margate, Memory Of A Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, The painting, Supercollider, Blackpool, LISTE – The Young Art Fair in Basel, Portrait (For a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon, Limoncello, London UK. He also writes for several art journals and founded g39 in 1998 where he currently curates.