Still from Gillian Wearing's film 'Drunk'.
Serpentine Gallery, London.
is shot in black and white on 16mm film and projected on a vast
triptych of nearly contiguous screens. The drinkers appear against
the stark white backdrop of a photographic studio and they are
conspicuously framed and edited. The first capers across the
right-hand screen - Wearing has been looking at Bruegel's rustics
-before tumbling out of the frame. Another collapses in the
centre and eventually stretches the length of all the screens
- a nod to Holbein's Christ in the Tomb. Painting, then,
but theatre too - the piece looks like a promenade performance,
drinkers lurching in pairs from left to right, forming tableaux,
making their entrances and exits."
Review, 17 Sept. 2000)