Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Image: Harland Viney, Lost Vignettes (2015)
Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. July's Artist of the Month is Harland Viney.
1. Hello, what do you do?
I like to blur the boundaries of what is potentially happening in my artwork, to explore what is perceived as real, and our relationships to the natural world and our habitats. I paint on found photographs, make large photographic prints that look like drawings, combine found imagery/photographs and fiddle about with print and film.
2. Where are you based and how long have you been there?
Bridport, a small town in West Dorset, also known as ‘Broadchurch’. I have been here nearly ten years, the longest I have lived anywhere, ever: an achievement in itself after a very itinerant life.
3. Where do you work?
I have a studio. I used to teach from here, but after three years of stepping carefully around students it was time to have the space to myself, apart from a couple of youngsters who come for art tuition. Having a space that feels comfortable and warm so I can work all year round is imperative; I find winter very productive.
3. What’s the best thing about your work space?
The best thing is being able to slip into my studio at anytime. My studio is full of old cameras, books, props, a huge variety of art materials and plenty of good lighting. I have set the space up with three work stations so I can move easily between projects.
4. What does 'success' mean to you?
Today it is the luxury to create work without time constraints and eat well. The idea of what ‘success’ means feels different each day; from the ability to execute a good drawing to the clear communication of ideas, it is an illusive changeable goal that doesn't feel like you imagine it will.
5. Do you earn a living from making art? If not, or only partially, what else do you do?
No. I teach art freelance, I do a little stonemasonry, sometimes I am involved in community or arts projects, and I am currently looking at Arts Council funding: fingers crossed.
6. What makes a good artwork?
Craft and surprise.
7. What have you been up to recently?
My work was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize this year, and it is a real honour to be associated with Ruskin’s name. I am off to the Mothership Residency this July in preparation for a collaborative exhibition coming up in 2018 with the artist Joseph Johnson.
8. What have you got coming up?
Setting up a darkroom. I’m on the look out for a black and white enlarger for medium format film if anybody’s doing a clear out. Selling more work through my website and The Ruskin Prize Editions. Working towards an exhibition in Bern, at Gepard 14, next year.
Australian born, UK resident, BA Fine Art (hons) from Bath Spa University and University of Tasmania. I draw, paint and photograph most things.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network