Glasgow based Stephen Sutcliffe (1968, Harrogate) creates film collages generated from his extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings, developed over the last 25 years. Often reflecting on aspects of British culture and identity, the results are melancholic, poetic and satirical amalgams which subtly tease out and critique ideas of class-consciousness and cultural authority.
In this, his most ambitious exhibition to date, Sutcliffe exhibits old and new work including his most recent film Outwork, commissioned for the Margaret Tait Award, 2013. Outwork' is a filmic collage inspired by Erving Goffmans book Frame Analysis. Goffman, a sociologist, explores how conclusions drawn from events and interactions shift dramatically due to changes in their framing contexts. Sutcliffe employs this premise structurally, with a series of images and animations which explore the determining influence of titles, prefaces and introductions on the body of work that follows them.
For his exhibition at Tramway
, Sutcliffe has reconfigured Outwork as an installation for multiple screens, including new animated sequences and exerts from his previous films as a form of subtle notation to the film. The inclusion of previous work introduces a new and self-reflexive layer of framing, situating the work as part of a larger, retrospective collage which spans Sutcliffes career.
Stephen Sutcliffe (b.1968, Harrogate) lives and works in Glasgow . Recent solo exhibitions include Rob Tufnell, London (2012), Stills, Edinburgh (2011), Whitechapel Auditorium (2010), Cubitt, London (2009), Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin (2008) and Art Now, Light Box, Tate Britain (2005). Group exhibitions include: Freize Projects, 'Project 35', Independent Curators International, touring to various venues in the United States (2010), 'The Associates', Dundee Contemporary Arts (2009) and 'Nought to Sixty' and 'Talk Show' at the ICA , London (2008 and 2009 respectively). In 2009 he was shortlisted for Derek Jarman Award and in 2012 he won the Margaret Tait Award.