Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells’ practice is concerned with tropes of performativity, liveness and presence. Binaries of exposure and concealment, construction and deconstruction, appearance and disappearance are explored through a framework of LCD monitors, computer screens, the stage, the space of a page, a gallery, a found site, a street, or some private space. Etchells’ interventions in these spaces and moments explore the dynamic relationship between the viewer and work in a context where systems in language and culture are interrogated for their productive or constraining effects. Many works produce a kind of non-linearity, an autonomous assembly and deconstruction of encounters and processes.

Tim Etchells (b. 1962, Sheffield, UK) lives and works between London and Sheffield. He has produced major commissions for public space internationally; his poster project ‘And For The Rest’ has been created and presented in: Brussels (2014), Basel (2015), and Athens (2016); and he created a new series of posters ‘Vacuum Days (Utrecht)’ presented across the city (May 2016). and his video installation ’Eyes Looking’ took over Times Square, New York, commissioned as part of Times Square Arts Alliance ‘Midnight Moments’ series (2016).

Solo exhibitions include: ‘Open Mind’, VITRINE, Basel, CH (2017); ‘Together Apart’, Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE (2017); ‘The Give & Take’, Tate Exchange, TATE Modern, London (2016); ‘More Noise’, Bloomberg SPACE (2016); ‘For Now’, Plymouth Arts Centre, UK (2015); ‘The Facts On The Ground’, VITRINE, London, UK (2015); ‘Live Forever’, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, USA (2014); ‘What is, and What is Possible’, Jakopič Gallery, Ljubljana, SI, (2013); ‘Neon Friday’, Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), London, UK (2012); ‘From Afar’, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL, (2011); ‘Tim Etchells’, Gasworks, London, UK, (2010); and ‘Fog Game’, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bramen, DE, (2010).

Etchells work was included in the Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK, (2014); Gotenburg International Biennale, Sweden, (2011); and Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy, (2008). His work has been presented in group exhibitions and performance programmes at galleries and museums internationally, including: Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany (2017); The Showroom, London, UK (2017); The Grundy, Blackpool, UK (2016); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2016); Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2015); Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK (2015); Cubitt Gallery, London, UK (2015); Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014); Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2013); Württembergischer, Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany, (2012); and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, (2011).

Etchells had a solo booth with VITRINE at Dallas Art Fair (2016) and in Perf4m at ARTISSIMA Turin, Italy (2016). His collaboration with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva ‘Seeping Through (Decouverte)’ was performed at FIAC, Palais De Decouverte, Paris (2016).

Etchells has concurrently led the performance group Forced Entertainment, based in Sheffield since its inception in 1984. Forced Entertainment are widely considered to be one of the greatest British theatrical exports of the past 30 years, credited with producing some of the most innovative and challenging theatre of the era to great acclaim throughout the world. In 2016, Etchells was awarded the Spalding Grey Award well as the International Ibsen Award for his work with Forced Entertainment.

Tim Etchells, Open Mind, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost

Tim Etchells, SEEING THROUGH WALLS, 2017. Neon (red), four transformers, cables, white oak frame, steal wire. 27.5 x 1001 x 10 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Tim Etchells, Open Mind, 2017. Installation view. Photographer: Nici Jost

Tim Etchells, Together Apart, 2017. Installation view. Kunstverein Braunschweig. Photographer: Stefan Stark

Tim Etchells, Together Apart, 2017. Installation view. Kunstverein Braunschweig. Photographer: Stefan Stark

Tim Etchells, Together Apart, 2017. Installation view. Kunstverein Braunschweig. Photographer: Stefan Stark

Tim Etchells, Further Provocations, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Further Provocations, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Further Provocations, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Ten Purposes, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Ten Purposes, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Three Tables and Ten Purposes, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Three Tables, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Three Tables, 2016. Part of The Give & Take at TATE Exchange. Installation view. Courtesy of TATE Modern, London.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking, 2016. Site specific video installation commissioned as part of Times Square Arts Alliance ‘Midnight Moments’ series on the Times Square electronic display screens. Times Square, NYC.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking, 2016. Site specific video installation commissioned as part of Times Square Arts Alliance ‘Midnight Moments’ series on the Times Square electronic display screens. Times Square, NYC.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, MORE NOISE, 2016. Installation View. Courtesy of Huge Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, PersTim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view. onal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, Personal Statements Series, 2015. Installation view.

Tim Etchells, Coming and Going is Why the Place is Here at All, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Folkestone Triennial.

Tim Etchells, Coming and Going is Why the Place is Here at All, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Folkestone Triennial.

Tim Etchells, Winter Piece, 2010. Installation view. Courtesy of Situations for Wonders of Weston, Weston Super Mare.

Tim Etchells, More Noise, 2016. Neon. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Hugo Glendinning.

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking (Loop), 2016. Screenshot. Single channel video, 16:9. 2 minutes 49 seconds. Loop. Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking (Loop), 2016. Screenshot. Single channel video, 16:9. 2 minutes 49 seconds. Loop. Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Eyes Looking (Loop), 2016. Screenshot. Single channel video, 16:9. 2 minutes 49 seconds. Loop. Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Mirror Pieces, 2014. Neon. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Courtesy of Argos.

Tim Etchells, To Be Present, 2015. Neon. Courtesy of Asian Arts Theatre (Suhwan Park).

Tim Etchells, To Be Present, 2015. Neon. Courtesy of Asian Arts Theatre (Suhwan Park).

Tim Etchells, Private Joke Series, 2014. Installation view. Photographer: Harry Meadley.

Tim Etchells, Human Shape, 2015. Archival Paper A4 Portrait, Yellow Acrylic, Frame. 21 x 29.7 cm.

Tim Etchells, Vampires, 2015. Archival Paper A4, Landscape, Red Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 21 cm.

Tim Etchells, Black Sky, 2015. Archival Paper A4, Landscape, Purple Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 21 cm.

Tim Etchells, A Ruined Voice, 2015, Archival Paper A3 Landscape, Red Acrylic, Frame, 42 x 29.7 cm.

Tim Etchells, Ballast, 2015. Archival Paper, A4 Landscape, Black Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 21 cm.

Tim Etchells, Old People, 2015. Archival Paper A3 Landscape, Blue Acrylic, Frame. 29.7 x 42 cm.

Tim Etchells, Paint it Black, 2014. Video, Single channel, no sound. 3' 56". Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, News Ticker, 2015. Scrolling LED Sign. 96 x 10 x 5 cm. Edition of 3 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, News Ticker, 2015. Scrolling LED Sign. 96 x 10 x 5 cm. Edition of 3 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Who Knows (Detail), 2014. Neon (12 Pairs, 24 Phrases). Dimensions variable. Edition of 2 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Who Knows (Detail), 2014. Neon (12 Pairs, 24 Phrases). Dimensions variable. Edition of 2 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, A Message to Yourself From the Past When You Believed in Different Things, 2014. Neon. 2,300 x 40 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Tim Etchells, Vacuum Days, 2011-14. Installation view. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Tim Etchells, Vacuum Days, 2011-14. Installation view. Courtesy of Hayward Gallery.

Tim Etchells, A Stitch In Time, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Lumiere Derry-Londonderry.

Tim Etchells, Conscientious Objectors, 2014. Neon. 246 x 100 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre.

Tim Etchells, How Love Could be, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of Das Detroit-Projekt.

Tim Etchells, A Broadcast /Looping Pieces, 2014. Performance. Photographer: Piet Janssens. Courtesy of Forced Entertainment.

Tim Etchells, And For The Rest, 2014. Fly Posting Paper. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Brussels Poster Project 03.

Tim Etchells, And For The Rest, 2014. Fly Posting Paper. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Brussels Poster Project 03.

Tim Etchells, Hour of Noise, 2013. Performance. Courtesy of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen.

Tim Etchells, For Words, 2013. Neon. 115 x 14 cm. Edition of 3.

Tim Etchells, End of Story, 2012. Neon. 95 x 17.5 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, End of Story, 2012. Neon. 95 x 17.5 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Fade to Black, 2012. Neon. 142 x 13 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, We Wanted, 2011. 3D Steel Letters & LEDs. 1,500 x 90 x 25 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, All We Have, 2011. Neon. 188 x 41 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Silence, 2011. Timed and Scrolling LED Display. 129 x 12 x 8 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Some Imperatives, 2011. Sign Painting. Performance.

Tim Etchells, Some Imperatives, 2011. Sign Painting. Performance.

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Video. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series). Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Video. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series). Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Forever (Stop Frame), 2011. Video. Single channel still images sequence with cross fades, looped, 6' (also C-type print photo series). Edition of 5 (2 AP).

Tim Etchells, Will be, 2010. Neon. 120 x 113 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, G.O, 2010. Neon. 160 x 27 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Shouting Your Demands, 2010. Neon. 235 x 92.5 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, From More or Less, 2010. Neon. 192.60 x 80 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions variable. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Ian Gallagher.

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions variable. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions variable. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Revolution, 2010. Neon. Dimensions variable. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Let's Pretend, 2008. Neon. 1508 x 50 cm.

Tim Etchells, Let's Pretend, 2008. Neon. 400 x 15 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Please Come Back, 2008. Neon. 110 x 13 x 135cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Wait Here, 2008. Neon. 163 x 18 x 80 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Nothing List, 2006. LED. 180 x 25 x 8 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

Tim Etchells, Emergency Phone, 2006. Modified Telephone, Laminate Sign & Recording of Birdsong. Dimensions variable. Edition of 3 (1 AP).

 

 

Tim Etchells
Together Apart
2017
Kunstverein Braunschweig