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JAMES W. NORTON / VISUAL ARTIST

I explore the transitions and convergences that occur between place, time and memory. I investigate these themes both theoretically and practically using different mediums and mark-making processes. I mainly work in paint, collage, film, audio, found material and site-specific installations to achieve both permanent and ephemeral results.

Landscape plays a pivotal role in my artwork as subject and context. There is always an open dialogue between the shifting dynamics of the past, present and future. Landscape is a place where multi-layered traces of meaning can exist at anyone time. It is a place that allows happenstance to intervene in the process of seeing, thinking and making.

I am drawn to the spaces in-between spaces, liminality, the periphery and what lies outside the edge. I seek out places that feel atmospheric, uncanny, disquieting, often derelict, altered, abandoned and in an entropic state. When woven together I use these elements to explore speculative narratives and experiment in creating new territories.

Contact:
info@jwnorton.co.uk


Portrait by Alastair Cook 2013

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Three new films being premiered at the Filmpoem Festival in Antwerp:
The Gun by Vicki Feaver
Ocean by David Harsent
I Shake Out my Coat by Michael Symmons Roberts

We will be giving a talk along with the poets on Saturady 14th June:
http://filmpoem.com/festival-submissions-open/
http://filmpoem.com/




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LAandscape Futures Institute
To launch soon at:
http://landscapefuturesinstitute.com/




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THE RAY
Was played recently Sound Introversion radio as part of the Adelaide Festival 2014.
The Ray is a soundscape which is part of a ongoing project mapping the audio landscape of the East Coat of England, the project is called Resonance Topography.
http://www.soundintroversion.com/
http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/2014/free/sound_introversion_radio


♫ the-ray



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Norfolk Landscape I
Is to be auctioned in aid of the Childrens Trust, organised by Green Horse Art at Mary Ward House Bloomsbury on the 3rd of April 2014.
http://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/events.asp?section=217&itemid=5747
http://www.greenhorseart.com/auction.htm





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LEGION
Is to be shown at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge.
Legion is film-poem exploring the residual trauma of a Post-industrial Landscape in the hinterlands of estuarial East London. It was filmed at the now demolished site of the great Gas Lite and Coal Company once formed in Beckton, on the north bank of the Thames near Gallions Reach. This area has witnessed some extraordinary events that have interwoven both fact and fiction into its decaying topography.
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge/




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MEMORY MAPPING (Strings and Repetitions)
New installation at no.10, Green Street, Cambridge.
http://changing-spaces.org/




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ECHO
is a new HLF funded arts commission for a sound and film installation in the Archbishops Palace at Southwell Minster:
http://www.southwellminster.org/




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LEXICON
New residency to start in November at Florence Mine:
http://www.florencemine.com/


Bugsbys Reach (Thames Series 2012)


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New paintings premiered in:
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=82a30e4c7cf5ef9064d0a6092&id=2e40580e2f&e=14c1be5269


Fenland II (2013)


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New audioscape premiered in:
A BROADCAST & LIVE WEB STREAM RADIO EVENT, 20-22 SEPTEMBER
INTERMISSION: AN AUDIO PORTRAIT OF PLACE -
MAPPING THE SPACE BETWEEN A AND B
A collaboration between Jennie Savage and Echoes.
http://www.osso.pt/projectos/ecos/programa/mapear/
http://www.osso.pt/projectos/ecos/radio/




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I was the Artist in Residence for a week at this years North Light Arts Festival, info below:
http://www.northlightarts.co.uk/walking-a-line-opening/
https://vimeo.com/69875966


Abraded Landscape I (Dunbar 2013)


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New paintings premiered in:
http://www.incunabula.info/




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I was commissioned to create a film and soundscape for the memory box project:
http://www.entelechyarts.org/2011/02/08/little-box-of-memories/




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I was commissioned to create a site specific art work based on the intersecting theme of London now and London in the Roman era:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/exhibition-in-focus/9393341/Our-Londinium-2012-Museum-of-London-curators-guide.html




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I worked with Alastair Cook as Cinematographer on a film poem called Forty Elephants:
http://alastaircook.com/
https://vimeo.com/22000112




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Art installation of a urban Victorian cityscape created for Kensington Palace:
http://www.hrp.org.uk/NewsAndMedia/kpresources/Jubilee-Aviewfromthecrowd




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I worked with Alastair Cook as Cinematographer on one of the very fisrt film poems:
http://alastaircook.com/
https://vimeo.com/7454813




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Diamond facade installation for Stella McCartney store in Beijing:
http://www.stellamccartney.com/experience/us/press-room/stella-mccartney-opens-in-beijing/




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Audio visual and object based installation development for the Royal BC Museum, Victoria, Canada :
http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/




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Type based art installation for Dickens and London exhibition :
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/corporate/press-media/press-releases/dickens-and-london/



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