Bayonet-ends, thrust into dark sockets,
screwed, and there was light...
At a remote screen, control is surrendered
as a gyroscope tilts along a dark beam
connecting the viewer with its object.
| Graham Budgett
Materially, the 'charms' pictured here are small found-objects.
Redeemed for the gallery in their representation as photographic diptychs
[and for publication with accompanying texts],
they are assigned fresh significance in context and in name.
In metaphysical terms, fetish-like, the renominated objects are tokens
of human characteristics or 'charms' that metaphorically lie in ruins
- themselves unexcavated - deep beneath the tundra of Western memory.
The aura of the art-object, prognosed dead-on-arrival in the age of
technological reproduction, is deemed less a matter of authenticity to
be shattered by simulation, more a question of belief established by authority.