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up to and including 21 September 2014

Video Room - Paul Noble's selection: Ian Bourn and Mark Dean

The artist Paul Noble selected work by Ian Bourn (London 1953) and Mark Dean (Stockport, 1958) for the Video Room. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen showed two videos by Bourn and a work by Dean. Bourn has been making videos since the late 1970s. The medium appeals to him because he can work on domestic TV-style monitors. He describes his work as ‘a type of portraiture that examines role play and the viewers’ relationship with the people portrayed on film’. Since the 1990s Mark Dean has been collecting film images, which he combines with music and other film clips. The museum showed Christian Disco (Terminator) from 2010. This work includes a three-second clip from the film Terminator combined with its credit title music and Bible readings at St Paul's Cathedral on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Paul Noble on Ian Bourn

“I met Ian Bourn in Leytonstone, East London in 1989. I lived in Leytonstone from 1989 to 1995. We were both at a meeting called by a local councillor to gauge feeling about the go-ahead given to extend the M11 motorway to the A12. Connecting the M11 to the A12 meant the destruction of hundreds of houses. Attendees retired to the pub and decided to organise a protest to stop the destruction of their homes. This was the beginning of The Stop The M11 Link Road Campaign. Most of the group were typical of Leytonstone residents, itinerant artists making use of the very low rents. The rents were low exactly because of the blighted status of the area as a consequence of the possibility that the original 1960’s plan to build a motorway might actually happen. Unlike other artists at the meeting Ian was from Leytonstone. Much of Ian’s film work is about Leytonstone or is filmed there.”

Paul Noble on Mark Dean

“I co-ran the London gallery City Racing from 1989 to 1999. City Racing was an artist run space in a squatted South London tenement building. One of the few criteria we had was to show artists only once. One of two exceptions to this rule was Mark Dean who showed there in 1992 and again in 1996.”