Unidentified Recollections (drawings for unmade sculptures)(2014)

Unidentified Recollections (2014) Charcoal and graphite on paper.

Unidentified Recollections (2014) Charcoal and graphite on paper.

Still from the film Unidentified. George Gregory (1965).

Unidentified Recollections (2014) Charcoal and graphite on paper.

Unidentified Recollections (2014) Charcoal and graphite on paper.

96 charcoal and graphite drawings on A1 paper

Film Unidentified b/w, silent 4:15

The 96 drawings that complete this body of work have been derived from imagery seen in the film Unidentified sourced from the North West Film Archive. In the film, made by amateur filmmaker George Gregory in 1964, a boy is seen walking aimlessly around Birkenhead docks when a “UFO” appears as a ball of light – a special-effect that was created by punching a hole in the celluloid film. The boy is seen running and jumping in slow motion, interacting with the ball of light.

 

The physical act of punching holes in yards of film to create the U.F.O requires patience and a kind of obsessive endurance. Clements has emulated the tenacity of this action whilst also referring to the films subject matter of U.F.Os. Ninety six charcoal and graphite drawings depict different incarnations of the ‘U.F.O’ as seen in the film (this is also a reference to scenes in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind where residents of a town obsessively construct models of a place where aliens will be landing).

The drawings were completed in the same space (on the floor) where they were exhibited for the first time. This was physically hard and took twenty four hours in total to complete in four six hour sessions. All of the drawings were completed by memory in reference to the fleeting experiences of people who claim to have witnessed U.FOs.

The work Unidentified Recollections (2014) is one of nine works produced as part of the 9 Archives Project that included research and collaboration with 9 regional film archives in the UK.

Shown at Federation House, part of Castlefield Galleries New Art Spaces, Manchester 2014