Artist(s) Statements ...

Chris Morton is interested in exploring the intersection of analogue and digital methodologies particularly for the storage, retrieval, presentation and promotion of audiovisual media. He describes this as a ‘digilog’ approach. His work is inspired by a range of different media and methodologies that have traditionally been used to present audiovisual content and promote important political ideas in a tongue-in-cheek manner. These influences include maps, diagrams, music, board games, philosophy, politics and technology.

He is interested in how such a 'non-elitist art' can relate to wider contemporary cultural theory and challange cultural hegemony about the 'ownership' and 'meaning' of public art.

This interest has resulted in Chris digital publishing interactive rich-media multimedia pdf presentations (reinventing the Chapbooks & Raree Boxes formats as artpods) and leading on a growing number of public artworks that are non-elitist and actually engage the public with socio-political issues.

Delton Jackson’s interests lie in finding the best response to a site, by understanding the context as fully as possible - spatially, historically and culturally –in order to create work which is both functional as well as meaningful. Functional in the sense that it must be robust, age well, be easily maintained, and actually make sense within the environment, even if only to serve as visual counterpoint within an overall composition or relationship to views, routes and vistas. And meaningful in the sense that it can engage with the mind and the imagination in a way that rewards further investigation or thought – work which visually enriches its context, but which has additional dimensions as well.

His interests as an artist builds on years working as an urban designer and centre on beauty, craftsmanship and place-making. With many mixed influences including the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement, industrial heritage, and exploring the innate character of materials.

Michael Crilly has a passion for addressing the forgotten element within public art, namely to fully understand what we mean when we say ‘public’. Skeptical of many circular arguments over the meaning or philosophy of art, he seeks to totally redefine the concept of public art by clarifying our position on and definition of ‘public’. Public art can be used to describe many different types of work such as creative lighting, performance based work, temporary instillations and the use of new ‘audio visual’ media as well as traditional forms such a murals and sculpture. It can be a collaborative process between artist and other design professionals that results in a unique approach to a development, an additional to a building or detail added to street furniture. However, the common factor in every approach and one that we endorse is that public art is work that is designed for the public as the key audience, includes the public as key collaborators, is located to allow for free access and is supported by public resources.

This work by Studio13Baltic39 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Copyright 2016.