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  • John Smith, Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), 2012
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John Smith, Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian)
1 - 22 June 2012

Visitors to Turner Contemporary can see a newly commissioned site-specific video by internationally renowned artist John Smith in our Foyle Room.

Since 1972 John Smith has made over 40 film, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and been awarded major prizes at a number of international film festivals.

Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian) is a study of the sea filmed over several months from the windows of Turner Contemporary and locations around Margate. Smith captures the seascape across seasons and in dramatically different weather conditions, using a variety of means to stress and contrast the abstract qualities of light, colour and movement. Through this process he creates a view of the sea that draws attention to the spectacular improbability of the natural world.

Director Victoria Pomery says, 'This commission has given us a fantastic opportunity to work with John, an artist I have long admired. 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.'

Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian) was commissioned by Turner Contemporary in partnership with Stour Valley Arts and South East Dance, as part of Turning Point South East – RELAY.  Entry to the gallery and the commission is free.

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Talk: John Smith in conversation with Stuart Comer, Curator of film at Tate Modern
Thursday 14 June 7pm £5 / £4 concessions

Hear John talk about his new commission with Stuart, at Turner Contemporary.
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Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Wed 30 May 2012