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Time in Contemporary Art


This presentation provides insights into a series of key contemporary artworks which, although extremely different in nature from one another, share a preoccupation with time at their operational heart. 

The creative approach to time explored through these works includes: 

·         Time as a deliberate process in the physical creation of a two dimensional work

·         Time as an existential dimension of being human notated via an artwork

·         Time as endurance via the artist’s body 

·         Time considered philosophically via visual thinking

·         Culturally mediated notions of time subverted via artists’ appropriation of certain popular films.

Hester Reeve

Hester Reeve’s practice encompasses live art, philosophy, drawing, David Bohm’s ‘Dialogue’ and social sculpture. 

She is interested in the relationship between critical thinking and human agency in everyday life, particularly when it is risked through the figure of ‘the artist’ (where what constitutes an artist is broadly conceived and not exclusive to art school training).

Recent public works have been staged at Tanzquartier, Vienna, Tate Britain (working under the umbrella of The Emily Davison Lodge with Olivia Plender) and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Hester Reeve is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University