Early Works by Ian Bourn 1979-1988
Interior Domestic is a gallery presentation of four early moving image works by Ian Bourn all ‘conceived’ during the years 1979 to 1983 and three of which have rarely been screened since the eighties.
New digitally re-mastered versions of B.29 (1979), Making Yourself At Home (1981) and What Is He Doing Now? (1983-88), together with The End Of The World (1982) will make up a programme of work that not only provides a fascinating insight into the formative years of Bourn’s development as an artist but also offers a vision of Britain seen from the margins and set to the ‘mood-music’ of the early Thatcher era.
“Ian Bourn has been making videos since the late 70s, at a time when most video artists were experimenting with black and white low-band U-matic, and relatively few homes had video recorders.
However it was the medium's means of playback - on domestic-TV-like monitors - which attracted Bourn, who saw the potential for using the familiarity of television's modes of address to develop his own highly personal and idiosyncratic style….”
“Bourn has described his single-screen video work as 'a kind of portraiture that examines role-play and the viewer's relationship with people portrayed on film.' As well as being a consummate writer, Bourn is also an actor, often appearing in his own and other's work. The blurring of fiction and autobiography is what gives the work its edge.”
from The Lost High Road by Felicity Sparrow, web essay (http://luxonline.org.uk/artists/ian_bourn/essay(1).html)
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