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It has been said that everybody who was old enough at the time can remember what he was doing when he heard of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas. In my case, this is true. However it was the nature of the remembering that interested me. A jumble of newsflashes, sonorous pronouncements, larger-than-life events. This piece, I suppose, was an attempt to recreate some of that.
This is the site where Kennedy was assassinated as he was being driven through the city in a presidential motorcade in November 1963. He was sitting in the rear of an open-topped car with his wife Jackie and the governor of Texas. The car was travelling right-to-left in the picture. Three shots are believed to have been fired from the extreme right-hand window immediately below the top floor of the prominent building on the right. The bullets hit Kennedy when the car was in the left-centre-foreground, and the only reference to this may be seen in the small white squares set in the roadway.
The investigating Warren Commission later confirmed that Oswald was the sole assassin, although considerable doubt has been expressed since. It is believed that a shot came from the left of the grassy knoll near the concrete architectural screen, and that the assassin escaped in the resulting confusion. I have attempted to represent these angles of fire in the structure of this work.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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