Joey Villemont works in sculpture, installation and film. He explores elemental links between counter-culture and the prehistoric or primal. Through interweaving the past with popular culture Joey’s work is concerned with the remaking of histories, proposing historical narratives which have never existed. Work takes the form of pieces which can appear as 'troublemakers', or interruptions which assert a certain absurdity of what we perceive in the present and the past. They script a narrative that sway between the familiar and the strange alluding to diverse references from the sub cultural age of rock music, bikers, surf and club culture to the folkloric ritualism in primordial existence.
The crafting of new relationships within history to form ambiguous narratives is extended into the materials and processes used in creating installations and objects. Obsolete techniques like wood carving, or stone carving are employed which in turn are swapped discretely for foam carving and convincing marble patinas. For New Work Scotland Programme 2011, Joey presented a new video work and a surrounding, theatrical environment, which created narratives and objects which (literally) converse across time.
New Work Scotland Programme was an initiative launched by Collective in 2000. Through an open call, New Work Scotland Programme identified and supported some of the most promising new artists working in Scotland - providing them with the opportunity to create new work and bring it to the attention of a wider public. The 2011/12 participants were Gordon Schmidt,
Rhianna Turnbull, Amelia Bywater & Christian Newby, Florrie James, Oliver Braid, Joey Villemont, Ash Reid and Jack McConville
New Writing Scotland grew out of New Work Scotland Programme and was initiated in 2004 in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art's Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies, to promote creative writing about the visual arts coupled with targeted support to the exhibiting artists - providing them with them with their first artists text.
This is an archived programme entry.