Text by Tim Haynes
My work looks at the contradictions between the digital and the old manufacturing industries, exploring memory and identity through landscape and place.
With new technology and new materials offering fresh possibilities I am exploring how we might adapt to take advantage without forgetting about our traditions and skills passed down from generation to generation.
I am exploring the fault lines that lie between the two systems using digital video, sound and structures, encouraging open-minded discussion and thinking about new possibilities in how we live and work.
Working as an artist in the Peak District in Derbyshire UK, I am fascinated by landscape and identity and like making artwork in the places of greatest inspiration to my work in this case a quarry.
Middleton by Wirksworth is a small Derbyshire village with a large quarry on the edge of the village and the quarry workings stretch for over a kilometre under the surrounding hillsides.
The quarries stone has been used in some amazing buildings like St Paul’s and the Bank of England and the workers at the mine pushed these large lumps of luminous stone out of the rock face by sheer brute force, the stones for my work called deviation_ fell out of the rock face by themselves almost craving to be get used in some way but the stones are not going anywhere they stand proudly blocking one of the borders of the quarry from stray dogs and other unwanted visitors.
I was drawn to to them as soon as they appeared dragged from the underground workings of the old mine under the depths of Middleton Moor, they all seemed as bright as a full moon on a clear night. I decided to make an art piece out of them to highlight the natural sculptural beauty that they have and wrapped the middle stone with purple plastic film, this immediately changed the texture and feel of the stone and was almost like you could see something inside trying to get out.
Tim trained as a graphic designer and worked in the offset printing industry until 2010 when he began his artist practice.
He is continuously developing his installations with changing formats and techniques. Allowing thrown away electrical, mechanical and other materials to revive themselves into dream like existences, gravitating towards a new future of perfect technology and its lure of new beginnings, only to be obscured by slight deviations of a sound or image collected from a network of suspended memories exposing a less familiar future.
In 2013 Tim will be showing _optika in Wirksworth and is currently working in Poland on a project called _swarm,
a collection of video, drawing and intervention…