Time & Vision -  5

By Paul Bayley

The sophisticated moving image work of Daniel Crooks has an undoubted painterliness in its smearing and rippling whilst Daniel von Sturmer brings a formal sculptural quality to his moving image installations. Patrick Hartigan combines a series of paintings with reportage film work to investigate place and Paul Knight has developed a photographic practice that tries to document intimacy yet folds the photographs into a three- dimensional image. Erica Seccombe is pushing at the limits of three-dimensional scanning technology in both her moving image and her print work.  Kathy Temin and Jaki Middleton tackle the global saturation of pop culture in different ways with verve and panache.  Vanila Netto, perhaps better known for her video work, also shares this multi-faceted approach and her photographic work has a quiet authority.  I also included one very early piece by Nicole Ellis in the exhibition.  By a strange coincidence a piece she made in the early 1990s was originally installed outside the Bargehouse, the current venue.  Since the work also references economic and social change, I had to find a place for it.

Here again was evidence of a moiré effect: this time the interference was made by historical slippage.  I hope this group exhibition shows the current strength, diversity and international relevance of the artists that have benefited from the residency programme.  Like all survey shows Time & Vision is of necessity partial and compromised.  However like artist residencies themselves i hope it combines the pull of familiarity with newness and the thrill of creation.

Michelle Ussher, Amaurots Mirror, 2012, oil on linen, porcelain, felt, steel. Adelaide Biennial 2012, Adelaide, Australia

Paul Bayley has worked in arts management and as a curator for over 25 years for both large institutions such as Tate, London and Exhibitions Director for Cornerhouse, Manchester and for smaller grassroots organisations. His current roles include director of the Florence trust and Director of Projects at ACE Trust.

Selected curatorial projects include: Yoko Ono: Morning Beams for the City of London, St Paul’s cathedral (2006); Manchester Pavilion, Venice biennale (2001); and Cinerama: Isaac Julien, the world premiere, which led to the artist being nominated for Turner Prize 2001.  Selected writings include: The Dark Monarch, Tate Gallery (2010), Contemporary Art in British Churches, ACE Trust (2010); Panic Attack: Art in the Punk Years, Merrell (2007); Linder Sterling Artworks, JRP Ringier (2006); and 20: Twenty Cornerhouse Exhibitions 1985–2005, Cornerhouse (2005). He has also worked as a Visual Arts officer at Arts Council England, London office, and is a broadcaster of arts documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

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