Monday, 14 May 2012
PRESS RELEASE TURNER CONTEMPORARY ANNOUNCES NEW JOHN SMITH COMMISSION
TURNER CONTEMPORARY ANNOUNCES NEW JOHN SMITH COMMISSION
From 1-17June 2012, Tuner Contemporary will be showing a newly commissioned video by internationally renowned artist John Smith. Since 1972 John Smith has made over 40 film, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and been awarded major prizes at a number of international film festivals.
Horizon is a study of the sea filmed over several months from the windows of Turner Contemporary and locations around Margate. Smith captures the seascape across seasons and in dramatically different weather conditions, using a variety of techniques to stress and contrast the abstract qualities of light, colour and movement. Through this process he creates a view of the sea that draws attention to the spectacular improbability of the natural world.
Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary said, “This commission has given us a fantastic opportunity to work with John, an artist I have long admired. The film he has created for us is very particular to Margate. It makes us consider the incredible seascape that drew JMW Turner to the town and continues to be a powerful inspiration for artists today.”
Horizon was commissioned by Turner Contemporary in partnership with Stour Valley Arts and South East Dance as part of Turning Point South East – RELAY. Entry to the gallery and the commission is free.
John Smith will be in conversation with Stuart Comer Curator of film at Tate Modern on Thursday 14 June at Turner Contemporary. For more information please visit turnercontemporary.org