Installation: Horizon, Turner Contemporary, Margate, until June 17 2012
© John Smith
For anyone who hasn’t lost a few minutes (or hours) surveying the sea from the looming windows of Turner Contemporary, John Smith – producer of more than 40 disparate film, video and installation works since 1972 – has made this study of the sea, filmed over several months from that picturesque vantage point and other meditative locations around Margate.
“This commission has given us a fantastic opportunity to work with John, an artist I have long admired,” says Turner Contemporary Director Victoria Pomery.
“The film he has created for us is very particular to Margate. It makes us consider the incredible seascape that drew JMW Turner to the town and continues to be a powerful inspiration for artists today.”
In the spirit of Turner, Smith uses an arsenal of techniques to emphasise the abstract qualities of light, colour and movement, drawing particular attention to what he sees as the “spectacular improbability” of the natural world.
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