The non-absence of McGuffin - Ragnar Jónasson & Thor Sigurthorsson
5th September - 9th September 2016
Photos: Malcolm Cochrane Photography
"The non-absence of McGuffin"
I have been faced by McGuffin since the day I gained any consciousness of anything really. How can I do something that is so hard to do without anyone realising that I’m doing it? I would need the McGuffin -that was certain. How that it would lead me to Scotland, where the term originates from, has been slowly unraveling. Have I found it in Scotland’s obscure proud and lothing identity as a land of subdued greatness, no. Am I still looking for it in the streets of Glasgow and beyond, yes? But McGuffin’s meaning has changed and its complexity has got one on me for sure.
Alfred Hitchcock said “a McGuffin is the thing that the spies are always looking for” end of quote. An object where you can either solve the world’s problems or simply end it, Alfred actually never said anything about that because a McGuffin has no real narrative or place, no real objective beyond the persons involvement in its fictional or factual presence. So is this just another post perfect name for an exhibition that is saying nothing about what is, a text that does nothing to explain a confused matching of works that really lead nowhere in particular? Without sounding like a Nihilistic teenager picking letters from many on his or hers keyboard. Yes it sort of does. But… this is probably as honest as it gets, art is noting in particular, yet it is the driving force of the story. The thing that the spies are always after, yet they never find it, because they usually go for the girl, and or, the saving the world from the villain that usually has the right idea if you ask me.
McGuffin will live on in places where you will least find him. The chase is endless; well in general terms it is. For us mortals it will last for at least a few more years.
So if you see him or hear from him, it or her, call me at 555-7477-2016
'The non-absence of McGuffin' features new work by Icelandic artists Ragnar Jónasson and Thor Sigurthorsson