Approved: 05.12.2007

Tim Skinner

Artist, Curator

Approved: 05.12.2007

Your work is very textural' remarked an AV technician in the summer of 2011. This one simple comment was a revelation and sent me on a completely new visual enquiry, questioning the textural possibilities and versatility of the digital video medium. I wanted to question the medium's relationship to painting, exploring both its very materiality and its ability to truly 'represent'. We

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  • Location: Ceredigion, Wales
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Project management
  • Tags: Video, sound, texture, video, landscape, sound, movement, texture, new media
 
 
 

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    Biography

    Your work is very textural' remarked an AV technician in the summer of 2011. This one simple comment was a revelation and sent me on a completely new visual enquiry, questioning the textural possibilities and versatility of the digital video medium. I wanted to question the medium's relationship to painting, exploring both its very materiality and its ability to truly 'represent'. We view computer technology as a very rigid, structured tool far removed from the organic, but through multiple layering and working abstractly I've allowed myself to be free, ignoring constraints, allowing the mediums pure visual form to emerge. Viewing a single video as a mark over time, a merely moving piece of colour, a single brushstroke if you like. After two and half years of extensive visual play and understanding I'm at a point where I have got to grips with the real essence of digital texture. Pixelisation and resolution conflicts are not acting as a distraction but working as one within the piece. Texture has many sides but when it comes to visual texture (one we cannot physically touch) it is through the play of light, dark and colour even more so when dealing with what is a purely light based medium; Rembrandt glimpsed texture, Turner illuminated and Monet beautified. A walk in my local countryside is time I'm able to escape the computer, a chance to reflect on me, people in my life, and the world around; these moments of reflection are echoed within my compositions. Graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Colchester School of Art and Design in 2003, going on to receive Cuckoo Farm Studio's inaugural Graduate Award. Exhibits nationally and internationally, working with institutions such as firstsite, ICA, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Møsting Hus (Copenhagen).

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2003 - BA Hons Fine Art, Colchester School of Art and Design, Colchester

    Solo exhibitions

    2011 - Fallen (The Seasonal Sound of Senescence), Writtle College, Essex
    2010 - Footfall, Benham Gallery, Colchester
    2010 - Untitled, Kings Place Theatre, London
    2006 - Echoing Ur Sound, The Benham Gallery, Colchester
    2004 - Sonic Circled, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex
    2004 - Sonic Circles, Hay Gallery, Colchester, Essex

    Group exhibitions

    2015 - Shell, The Old Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent
    2014/5 - Butterfly Effect, firstsite, Colchester
    2014 - I Like This Place and Willingly Could Waste My Time In It, Main Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
    2013 - Kast Et Blik, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, Denmark
    2013 - Open Studios, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
    2012 - Journey To The Podium (Arts In Parliament), Westminster Hall (Houses of Parliament), London
    2012 - Soundworks, ICA, London
    2011 - 17 Days, Frostic Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    2011 - 17 Days, The Brett Llwellyn Gallery, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY, USA
    2010 - Journey To The Podium, Colchester United FC, Colchester
    2010 - Journey To The Podium, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow
    2010 - Media Facades Festival, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin
    2010 - Outside 2010, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester
    2010 - Swimming Without Water, Moseley Rd Baths, Birmingham
    2009 - 15 Days, 15 Artists, Firstsite, Colchester 2009 - Essex Summer of Art, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex
    2009 - Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam IFF, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    2009 - Transition, The Bargehouse, London 2008 - An Emotional Journey, Mansfield Museum, Mansfield, Notts
    2008 - InterAlia, Exploring communication, Empty Shop, High Chelmer, Chelmsford, Essex 2008 - Over Bakke Og Dal....., Mosting Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2008 - Posed3, Images shown on advertising hoardings, Cork High St, Cork, Ireland
    2008 - Sound:Space, Digital Media Centre, Reading, Berks 2008 - The Streming Festival, streamingfestival.org, The Hague, Netherlands
    2008 - Traditional Technologies Harmonizing With New Media, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare
    2008 - Urban Screens 08, Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia
    2008 - Wide Open: Pixel Pops, The Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, USA
    2008 - Winter Lights, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex
    2007 - Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze
    2007 - Enclosure, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex
    2007 - Mini Print 2007, Artlink Gallery, Hull
    2007 - Replenished, Saltburn Artists Project, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar
    2007 - Video Showcase, Key Arts, St Marys, Ipswich, Suffolk
    2007 - Worldwide Moving Image III, Video Shorts, E32, East Village, New York, USA

    Degree shows

    2003 - Free Range, Old Truman Brewery, London

    Curated projects

    2011 - Open Studios Exhibition, Benham Gallery, Colchester
    2009 - Outside 09, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios
    2008 - Surrounds: Outside
    2008, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester

    Artist talks

    2013 - Aber Arts Centre AIR, Aberystwyth Art School, Aberystwyth
    2013 - Artist In Residence, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
    2012 - Hear What You Want To Hear, ICA, London
    2009 - Cross Mentoring Scheme:Outside 09 Talk with MA Students , Cuckoo Farm Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios
    2009 - Cross Mentoring Scheme:Outside 09 Talk with MA Students 2nd yrs , Cuckoo Farm Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios
    2009 - Firstsite's - Pecha Kucha, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester

    Residencies

    2013 - Artist In Residence, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
    2011 - Re:place, Level Centre, Rowsley, Derbyshire
    2010 - Fallen (The Seasonal Sound of Senescence), CADE (Centre for the Art and Design in the Environment), Writtle College, Essex
    2010 - Footfall, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester
    2009 - 15 Days, 15 Artists, Firstsite, Colchester Public commissions
    2012 - Soundworks, ICA (nominated by firstsite), London
    2009 - Journey To The Podium, 2012 Legacy Team, Essex County Council, Essex

    Projects

    2014 - 2018, Power In The Land, Anglesey, Wales
    2015 - Llosgi Gwynt, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
    2011 - Firstsite Crit Group, Firstsite, Colchester
    2009 - Cross Mentoring Scheme:Outside 09, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2014 - Butterfly Effect, Grants For The Arts, ACE, working with firstsite.
    2011 - Fallen, Arts Council Grant, CADE (Centre for the Art and Design in the Environment), Writtle College, Essex
    2009 - Arts Council Small Grant, for Cross Mentoring Project, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios
    2003 - Graduate Scholarship award, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester

    Publications

    2012 - Wallpaper.com
    2011 - A N

    Other

    2011 - Gallery Curator and Events Manager, Cuckoo Farm Studios/The Benham Gallery, Colchester
    2008 - Colchester and Tendering Open Studios 08, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex 2008 - Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields, London
    2007 - Colchester and Tendering Open Studios 07, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester
    2006 - Colchester and Tendering Open Studios 06, CFS, Colchester, Essex
    2005 - Colchester and Tendering Open Studios 05, CFS, Colchester, Essex