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This is a copy of an article I originally wrote for the Hackney Citizen on the film-inspired exhibition, Still.

As the cold weather creeps upon us the Hackney Picturehouse and the Transition Gallery will be collaborating with the perfect antidote to the autumn gloom. Still, an exhibition inspired by ‘the moving magic of film’ and the ‘new reality’ which emerges when we halt this movement, will be taking place across the two venues from the 7 to the 30 September.

Mix art and film and you have the perfect visual comfort food. The relationship between these two mediums is entirely one of indulgence; a film director playing with the luxuries of light and the full spectrum of sensory effects comes closer to producing a work of art than a slick Hollywood blockbuster, and, as we find in Still, artists using film as inspiration find themselves falling prey to a consumptive obsessiveness, a hyperbolic fanaticism.

Nicola Woodham’s video ‘Neon Alone’ is perhaps the best example of the blurring of genre-boundaries between popular film and art. Woodham has taken a single frame from Richard Curtis’ Love Actually and transformed it into a purely aesthetic cypher with its languorous movement through cinematic light, silhouette, shadow and luminescent spotting.  This repeated frame is entirely estranged from its Rom-Com context; it’s lost that warm, all-pervasive Richard Curtis glow.

Although the exhibition does look critically at the relationship between art and film, it is also not afraid of pastiche or parody. Paul Kindersley’s larger than life disembodied heads are a queasily comic tribute to the sticky gore of horror.

In Cathy Lomax’s ‘Film Diary’, in which she paints a single freeze-framed scene from every film she watches, there is no sense of discrimination. Despite being intellectually and theoretically engaged with film in her studies, Lomax is just as likely to be caught borrowing from Twilight as she might from an obscure masterpiece such as Vincente Minnelli’s The Pirate.

The exhibition celebrates our cultural immersion in a cinematic reality; stories, dreams, the living out of fantasies which might begin to feel more real than everyday life. Jackie Chettur’s meticulously constructed sets in hotel rooms come to resemble ‘the backdrop to a film we think we may have seen.’

There is a strange sense of de ja vu which strikes the viewer. Scenes and faces borrowed from films seem familiar but often lie somewhere beyond the reach of recognition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a special issue of Transition’s Garageland magazine dedicated to film. Each of the artist’s included in Still have contributed to the issue; Paul Kindersley revels in horror’s lust for blood and ‘schlock tactics’, Alli Sharma wallows in her infatuation with the Kitchen Sink aesthetic of social realism, and Jackie Chettur reveals the secrets behind her hyper-realist film sets.

Garageland 14 is, at heart, a collection of adoring love letters to film. Images framed on glossy white paper are like screens in which we might catch movement or a narrative, its content page reads like rolling credits, interviews run like scripts, a thumbnail strip resembles a storyboard. This issue of the magazine is edited and produced with all the visible traces of film fanaticism.

Still is totally joyful and honest about its passion for film and it’s this which makes it the perfect visual comfort. It’s the exhibition equivalent of the cinema on a rainy afternoon or a large bucket of salted popcorn.


I recently started an experiment and decided I would try to organise some artist interviews over Twitter.  This is partly because there seems to be such a growing and engaging community of artists and galleries using social media and I wanted to make positive use of this. But also more selfishly because I thought it would be a useful tool for writing succinct interview questions. I’m always grappling with big ideas when I interview artists face-to-face and I want to overcome my inarticulacy.


My first interview was a success. I enjoyed the pace of it, the equivalent struggle to fit ideas and answers into a word limit, along with the fact that an artist who was recognisable only as a Twitter username, was suddenly giving me an insight into his work and practice.


To read a transcript of my first ‘twinterview’ go to roves and roams, and follow me on Twitter (@frangipancesca) if you are interested in reading future interviews live, or in being interviewed!

There is now a growing community and network of artists and galleries using Twitter to engage and promote their work. These bi-weekly ‘twinterviews’ will exploit the opportunity to connect with artists and their work through Twitter.  Paul Kindersley agreed to be my first victim.

Paul Kindersley is an artist living and working in London, his Twitter bio describes him as ‘artist, writer, stalker, makeup enthusiast, pervert, filmer’.  If you are interested in seeing more of Kindersley in the flesh get to C4RD before the 21st April to see the show he curated, Idle Worship, or to the Transition Gallery from the 4th May onwards for the group show Tainted Love.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley I’ve had a look through your work and your practise seems quite diverse. How would you describe yourself as an artist?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I’m so full of ideas- i express with what’s at hand- my body, performance, leftovers, drawings. It’s a constant experimentation.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so is lots of your work quite spontaneous?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca pieces can be, i see it all my work as one. Some quick, others i mull over for years! Often revisiting old sketchbooks & ideas.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so your experimentation is all part of the progression of one body of work? I want to know more about your ‘leftovers’ too?

@Frangipancesca each ‘piece’ leads to another-but I travel back and forwards-pieces start as evidence or leftovers of process or performance.

@Frangipancesca I suppose most artworks are leftovers of one sense or another!

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley I’m interested in the photographs on your FB/Twitter profile pic. Is this you using your own body? Is there a narrative?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes-i like to play with characters and have several narrative strands-but always ultimately myself-ideas of fame and glamour.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley but they seem like quite a dark perspective on fame and glamour? What is it about these topics which appeals so much?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca it starts off celebratory! It’s striving for the fake or non-existence. Film/TV glamour can’t exist in real-but we all want it.

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca especially with internet- everyone is an unashamed stalker-its fan/stalker x1000000 – fascinating! maybe unhealthy!

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley and your 2nd tweet leads me to next question, you’re an artist on Twitter, how do you think the internet changes/helps work?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca internet allows crazy interaction- but also millions of out of context images & thoughts-new stories etc in every Google search!

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca i like the weirdness of being able to put it out there instantly… and the random events that always unfold…

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley like this interview? and the tiny snapshot of it people might see!?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca exactly! i love stalkers- think it needs to be re-branded as a healthy thing- we all are now esp.. so embrace !

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley and this is part of what your work explores?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I love this weird no-man’s land between film/tv/internet/star and reality- a liminal space of endless possibilities!

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca a space where our interaction with smth makes it into smth exciting and new-we own the space… that’s where I want my art!

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so the internet actually offers you the perfect opportunity to take over a space.

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes- but there’s something in the extraction from a screen where real excitement occurs.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley  Is this what you are looking at in the many faces of your ‘Men in 73’?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca for me often a screencap or a film still- can conjure up an entirely new place-leaving its context- ’73 was me exploring that

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I like to create works that are pulled through the screen as it were to become used props ‘leftovers’ or clues.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley  taking things away from their contexts and seeing what happens? Do you hope that your viewers will all find diff stories?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca definitely- i like works to come together- offering clues.

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley your work seems to be quite sexually charged, is this a reflection of the culture you are taking your snapshots from?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes, but also the importance of personal memory and biography- we remember the naughty and exciting- the x rated…

PAUL KINDERSLEY@Frangipancesca sexuality and violence feature strongly- as, esp. in our filmic culture they are the currency

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley so by making your work a little naughty you also hope that your audiences will remember it?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca there is that fan/stalker thing where the only thing in common in the relationship is the need to be loved!

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca I love films that are sexploitation or horror- a way of forgoing plot/context for the most extreme -can be funny/disturbing

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley a joy in the darker things?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca yes- i think we’re all drawn there- but doesn’t have to be negative- it’s also a way of connecting with personal bio…

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley I agree that it doesn’t have to be negative- I really love Almodovar-a bit of dark humour!

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca exactly- he also draws from these weird everyday emotions- like melodrama, that dont really exist in REAL life, but are REAL

FRANGIPANCESCA @PaulKindersley  What’s your next project/what are you currently working on?

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca exhibiting in at @Transitionart and just curated Idle Worship at @C4RD that finishes next week..

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca also working on larger installations- a more ‘holistic’ approach to exhibiting!!!

PAUL KINDERSLEY @Frangipancesca working on a selection of works that make physical images garnered from my bio and the internet. mixing of self with internet.

@PaulKindersley sounds brilliant and the perfect end to a ‘twinterview’!