Tim Skinner

Tim Skinner

Artist, Curator

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).
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Location Essex, East
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Project management
Tags Video, sound, texture, video, landscape, sound, movement, texture, new media
Website http://www.timskinner.co.uk

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