We are pleased to announce that the series of residencies which formed part of the Creative Futures in Germany programme and allowed three artists to spend time developing new work in Leipzig will be an exhibition opening on 13 September 2014 entitled Trusted Time.
Delia Baillie, Valerie Norris, Anna Orton & Ortonandon
13. September – 9. November 2014
HALLE 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Project Space
A presentation of new work produced by three Scottish artists during residencies at HALLE 14 over the spring and summer of 2014 and in the months since returning to Scotland.
In Cooperation with Hospitalfield Arts (Arbroath, GB) and funded by British Council Germany and Creative Scotland.
The artists’ works are united in a common concern around form and language and in their conscious circling of the tension between intuitive processes and more knowing cultural references.
Delia Baillie presents a series of works on paper which are both a contemporaneous response to Leipzig and a reflective reaction against her painting practice of the last two years.
Continuing an interest in the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, Baillie took as starting point photographs of a major waterfront redevelopment which she regularly cycles through. She was drawn to the temporal conditions of a construction site: new materials stacked and awaiting use alongside rubble pending removal. These constituents of renewal and destruction shared a common context: all placed on builders’ palettes which accidentally unified their form causing them to resemble abstract sculptures on plinths.
The titles for these paintings came from the phonetical instructions in the phrasebook Baillie used while in Leipzig. She has brought this visual and aural abstraction of language together with the formal vocabularies of building sites to explore the dichotomous borderlands between the concrete and the image.
In Valerie Norris’ work layers of meaning are created through the interplay between painting, objects, form, colour, image and text and in the way that this accumulates to form a visual language.
Norris’ practice is informed by an assemblage of references, found images and objects collected from magazines, charity shops, film, fashion, music, nature, literature and poetry. Non-linear narratives and chance associations are proposed through a process of arrangement and play.
For this new body of work, Norris has used site-specific, acquired materials and found objects as a starting point to look at ideas around colour, language and form. Through referencing a very specific colour palette of 20th century design and alluding to literary structures and forms of notation, her work explores slippages in perception and the tension between reality and imagination.
Anna Orton has a multi-disciplinary practice consisting of painting, sculpture, printmaking, theatre, model making and digital imagery. The autobiographical, explored through wider political and social context, is often at the forefront of her work.
Orton’s individual practice often blurs boundaries with the collaborative practice Ortonandon, an ‘anything goes’ collaboration with her two sisters Katie and Sophie Orton. With the figure as a central motif, the sisters consider body-form in relation to social politics and how identity can be represented through actions and props.
Ortonandon will present a new performance for the September 2014 event at HALLE 14.
Hospitalfield Arts responded to an invitation to collaborate with HALLE 14 because of an aspiration to facilitate significant opportunities for artists from Scotland and especially the DD postcode area where we are located. We wanted to use our existing and newly established international networks, as well as the knowledge gained through running residencies at Hospitalfield, to design opportunities for regional artists which would take them outside Scotland.
Ideally these residencies would foreground the opportunity to focus on a new body of work and increase the artist’s international knowledge and horizons. The time and input from the residency should contribute the additional momentum needed for the next step change in the artist’s practice and provide a highly motivating and productive experience.
Valerie Norris, 2014
Delia Baillie, 2014