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“She only gets away with it because she looks like a Catholic school girl” … Green Finchley, Visual Artist

Herald Review

Mary Brennan, The Herald 9.6.03

“The piece, at turns as unsettling as it is comic, works to essay the The piece, at turns as unsettling as it is comic, works to essay the function of the magician’s assistant, a role traditionally filled by partly dressed young women variously employed to offer props to their employer as glamorously as they can, stand as still as they can, hide as best they can, or simply appear as lovely as they can in a bid to distract us from whatever’s being palmed, swapped or vanished in front of our very eyes. Alone before us Surman gamely performs the role of a magician’s assistant but to the aide of no magician and no tricks. Instead we witness a series of fragile attempts at creating near-tricks, or part-ticks, that falter, fail and disintegrate. What appears to have disappeared here is the act itself.” MORE

Gregg Whelan, for Body Space and Technology Journal