“On Concrete: the concrete photographs are a series of site-specific art works that exist now only as images. i call them poems; some may look at them and ask, ‘where’s the poem?’ and i would respond - the poem was the sounds the birds made as i laid down each letter. the poem was the feel of the wind against my skin as i worked outdoors. the poem was the construction workers, the police officer, looking into whether or not i was vandalizing. the poem was the clouds moving overhead, the time slipping away, the shadows moving in as the afternoon became evening.
one of the definitions for concrete from the encarta world english dictionary is - solid and real: able to be seen or touched because it exists in reality, not just as an idea. i was the only one who was able to touch these poems in reality, to feel the heat of the concrete as i composed. the poems & memories that resulted remain solid in my mind.”
Tim Etchells - Will Be
"In this two part neon work the components are installed facing each other, on directly opposite walls of a long rectangular gallery. The first part of the piece features the phrase ‘The Future Will Be Confusing’ in letters of various different colours, whilst the second part on the opposite wall features exactly these same letters installed only in this instance dispersed over the whole opposite wall and are arranged ‘nonsensically’ so the already confusing colour mis-match of the first sign becomes, in the futurem at the other end of the space, a kind of unreadable explosion of the letters."
Tim Etchells - G.O.
"Through simple phrases spelt out in neon, Etchells creates miniature narratives moments of confusion, awkwardness, reflection and intimacy in public and gallery settings. Encountering these signs, in the streets of a city or in the space of a white cube gallery, the viewer becomes implicated in a situation that’s not fully revealed. As often in Etchells’ work in these neons the missing parts of the picture are as important as the elements that are present. Invoking a story, or projecting an idea out-of-context into the situation of the work invites us in, but unto what exactly we can’t be sure."
Tim Etchells - Some Imperatives
This is a durational performance where a performer paints a selection of eight short texts over a gallery wall at hourly intervals.
Tim Etchells - We Wanted
This piece takes a phrase from Cat Power’s song Colours And The Kids. It’s a 15 metre long, 1 metre high design made from stainless steel and programmable LEDs.
"Removed from its place, rendered as solid letters and shifting light and set in a dialogue with an outdoor location the phrase seems to become something else entirely - a fragment that floats freely and which can attach to each place and each reader in different ways".