This sound piece evolved from an ink drawing made in India that simply states: “O.K.” The banality of the word would seem to offer little in the way of musical promise, yet when repeated over time our awareness becomes drawn to subtle inflections within its minimal neutrality. In due course any meaning that the expression may have once held is lost and something else transpires. With references to club culture, meditation tapes and conceptual art, this project serves as a droll mantra for uncertain times.
David Blamey is a London-based artist, proprietor of the imprint Open Editions and an occasional curator and writer. In addition to installations, his work embraces photography, drawing, the written word, publishing, sculpture and sound. He has said of his practice: “I like the idea that the distance between the art world and the real world can be almost nothing. Framing, adjusting, assisting, promoting, looking at, thinking-about, and reassessing what’s already there – that is my work”. To this end, his activities are positioned consciously within a range of public situations, both inside and beyond the art gallery. The Wire described his recent ‘O.K.’ release as ‘something quite strange, creepy and good’.