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Mike Ballou

2.8. – 28.8.2005

This was the first UK solo project by the American artist Mike Ballou. Ballou was the founder member of the Slide and Film Club, an offshoot of the Brooklyn Four-Walls Club, that began in 1993. Focusing on 35mm and super-eight film, the experimental slide and film evening at the artist’s home brought together a range of people from across New York. A strong social engagement with people typifies much of his work coupled with a distinctive light-hearted and often wry satire. Ballou’s work explores the point at which ‘make-believe’ clashes with the experience of everyday life.


For MK G, Ballou worked with New York stage set painters to create a mural of the Milton Keynes skyline which appeared as if the very wall of the gallery had been removed. The exhibition also featured a model of the Slide and Film Club in the form of a mock-up of Ballou’s lounge, showing films from members of the club along with a selection of the artist’s dark yet often humorous super-eight films.

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