Spotlight: North East CVAN Artist Fims

Still from Annie O’Donnell's artist film.

Still from Annie O’Donnell's artist film.

In late 2015 the North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NECVAN) shortlisted and selected eight artists to be profiled in a third round of seven Artist Films. These were filmed and released throughout 2016, and can now all be viewed in their entirety below.

Artists profiled were: Rachel Clewlow, Fiona Crisp, Susie Green, John Kippin, Toby Lloyd & Andrew Wilson, Annie O’Donnell and Luke McCreadie.

The artists were nominated by over 40 professionals from the visual arts community with the final selection being made by a panel including North East artists Nick Kennedy and Cecilia Stenbom; Alessandro Vincentelli, BALTIC Curator of Exhibitions and Research; Elinor Morgan, Senior Curator, Mima and James Smith, Editor in Chief, This is Tomorrow.

Having been working together since 2012, in January 2015 artists Toby Lloyd and Andrew Wilson re-located from Newcastle upon Tyne to be the first occupants of Artist House 45, a long-term live/work artist residency developed by East Street Arts in a traditional two-bedroom, back-to-back home in the residential area of Beeston, South Leeds. Using this locus as a springboard for creative engagement Lloyd & Wilson discuss their enduring interest in the social dynamics of the public house, the overlapping roles of spectator and participant and the possibilities of shared space for unpicking social boundaries.

Ahead of Luke McCreadie’s project ...together with the obligation to express for BALTIC 39 | FIGURE THREE, we revisit recent exhibitions of new sculptural and video works at Jerwood Visual Arts and Standpoint, London. In the film Luke McCreadie discusses the development of these projects and his sustained and ongoing interest in language and forms of communication.

Recorded at The Northern Charter, Newcastle, Susie Green presents her work alongside an interview with curator George Vasey. The artist candidly reveals her influences, creative process and her approach to working with objects and materials.

Filmed in the studio and on location in Northumberland, John Kippin discusses the Landscape sensibility which has evolved through this practice, his interest in environment and the political connotations of architecture. In talking about photography as process, as moreover a process of constructing and making an image, Kippin elaborates on the possibilities of the picture as metaphor: as a means to talk about something that is otherwise hidden or doesn’t quite appear the way it looks to be.

Fiona Crisp’s installations of large-scale photographs hover between the disciplines of sculpture and photography. Exploring in phenomenological terms what a photograph is, her installations moreover ask – what is a photograph capable of? Discussing her repeated fascination with landscape and how a view is constructed in visual, political and philosophical terms, Crisp further explains in the interview her current Leverhume research fellowship working with fundamental science and the problematic of the visualisation of concepts and data that challenge the limits of our imaginative and cognitive capacities.

Rachael Clewlow creates rigorous and detailed recordings of her every day movements. Meticulously documenting this mass of information in diaries, this abstract record of the banal to the unexpected becomes a form of trace from which Clewlow begins to construct paintings and prints. Based around systems of translation and codification, Clewlow discusses her process and its associations with cartography, colour and forms of pictorial representation.

Artist Annie O’Donnell talks about the close links between her personal narrative and the history of former ICI plant in Teeside. In one sense about place and the town of Billingham where she continues to live, O’Donnell’s discusses her ongoing interest in found objects and recycled materials. Reflecting on the consistent use of these consumables within her work, O’Donnell expands on her inherited love of toxic-colour, synthetic surface and how she interacts with, and invites interaction with, these materials … ‘There is a great future in plastics … think about it’.