Stolen Tear / Tom Smith
Artist in Residence, 26 August 2016 – 4 September 2016
Exhibition, 4 September 2016 – 26 September 2016

UNIT is pleased to present Stolen Tear by Tom Smith, our Artist in Residence. The residency will take place over a two week period, August 26th to September 4th, and is sited in the project space at Abingdon Studios in Blackpool.

The manipulation of live coverage from the 2012 UEFA European Championship serves as Tom’s cue for an exhibition of new work. Stolen Tear refers to a piece of editing by UEFA TV in which, during the Italy vs Germany match, the broadcast cut from Italy’s second goal to a German fan crying. It was later revealed that the footage had been filmed much earlier and strategically inserted to create an emotional narrative for the viewer at home.

The works on show respond to the polyphonic nature of sport as both unfettered account and entertainment. Central to the show is a screening of the Germany vs Italy match, with the original audio replaced by a recording of Tom and three friends watching the same game. The result is an unedited and unscripted discussion that covers blood doping, constructed reality, the free market, and the ordering of a takeaway.

Smith’s practice looks at the loyalty of images to their subjects. The market, atemporality, and a desire for narrative contribute to his investigation of fidelity. Employing different techniques and strategies, television and cinema trivia are recurring subject matter; describing these peculiarities as screen bleed, he highlights the moments when images supplant the subjects they represent.

Join us for the preview of Stolen Tear on Friday 4th September, 7:00-9:00pm. UNIT is currently based on the second floor of Abingdon Studios, Blackpool, FY1 1DE. Stolen Tear runs until Saturday 26th September. Viewings are by prior appointment only. Please email to arrange a viewing.

Tom Smith (b1981, Peterborough).
Tom studied at the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins.
Exhibitions include, ‘Vulcan Point’, Embassy Gallery; ʻAdmitting The Flatsʼ, Open File, MK Gallery; ʻAmen Brotherʼ, Grand Union; and ʻBroken Replicaʼ, Stanley Picker Gallery. Click here to visit Tom Smith’s website.

*For installation shots, click here*