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Jarman Award Artist Profile: Redmond Entwistle

Date posted: 24.10.2014

Entwistle will be at Cornerhouse, Manchester on Tuesday for a Q&A after a screening of work by all the shortlisted artists.

Much of Redmond Entwistle's work investigates history and recent social issues, which are reworked and reproduced through a radical documentary approach, often resulting in an abstract retelling.

Entwistle employs an experimental essayistic approach, which aims to critique relationships between the cultural and the historical or material.

His film Monuments premiered in Rotterdam Film Festival's Tigers Shorts Competition in 2010, and his medium length film and sound work Paterson - Lodz won Best International Film at Images Festival in 2008.

In 2013, spotlights on his work were presented at Hors Pistes (Centre Pompidou) and BAFICI (Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival), and included in the survey of UK artists' film Assembly at Tate Britain. An exhibition of his films will be presented at MIT List Visual Arts Center in January 2015.

Influence of Jarman

Entwistle sees Derek Jarman as having a particular place in the anthology of artists' moving image - and he highlights Sebastiane and Jubilee, two of Jarman's films from the 1970s, as influences on his work.

He says of Jarman, "he manages to use both narrative and video artists' film and performance, and finds a link between them - as a figure he sets a precedent about what artists film can be."

Entwistle found that being shortlisted for the Jarman Award has provided an opportunity to take a step back and contemplate how he sees his work at this point. "It's great to be part of selection and process that commends and tries to encourage experimentation" he says. "Especially with artists' film where there isn't necessarily a strong market structure - installation and distribution can be complicated."

Work and practice

Entwistle's 2010 work Monuments focused on three artists - Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta-Clark and Dan Graham - who worked in New York and New Jersey in the early 1970s. The work takes on a documentary form, focusing on how the artists used language in their practices. Entwistle also explores their interest in the built environment and geography in the context within which their work was being made.

Redmond Entwistle, Monuments, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

California Institute of the Arts

Walk-Through (2012) continues some of the concerns explored in Monuments and focuses on the artists' time at California Institute of the Arts. The university has a history of specialising in conceptual art and for holding 'happenings' in the 1960s. It became a model for art schools and for a certain type of art teaching by providing a collaborative, workshop environment for students where they retain control and copyright of their work.

Redmond Entwistle, Walk-Through, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

In the film, Entwistle draws on memories of studying there, "interviewing other people who had been studying there at the same time as me and digging in their memories, trying to understand the role of my memory and of theirs in constituting this institution; and what function history has for the institution and for us."

Coming Up

Entwistle is working on a longform film that looks at the history of the US in West Germany after WWII, focusing on a young German soldier who was murdered in 1985. Again, the film plays with fiction and history, drawing on real events to create a new narrative. This will be accompanied by a new sound work.

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