I am very lucky to have access to the creative brains of talented and experienced tutors and lecturer’s on my Foundation Art and design course at Blackburn college and one of these tutors/ lecturers is former Tompaulin band member and The Saatchi gallery magazine writer Jamie Holman. Jamie was born in 1973 in Scotland but was raised and works in Blackburn and is currently Programme leader BA (Hons) Fine art at Blackburn college/ University. As a student in the 90’s Jamie moved to London and was never comfortable there “what I knew was I come from a wonderful place I hate”. Jamie achieved a BA (Hons) and a MA from Chelsea School of Art and was Tutored by Conceptual artist Gillian Wearing and has recently had his own solo exhibition at Derbyshire Space, London. Jamie recently did a talk at Blackburn University about his latest works exhibition and his early works in performance and moving image which he exhibited in Bloomberg New contemporaries 1996 at Tate Gallery Liverpool and Camden Arts centre London.
Even now much of Jamies work comes from what he values and when he explains how he came up with an idea it always has a narrative behind it. I really like it when artists have a story or a reason for making a piece of work. I find it easier to see how the pieces communicate. It seems like the narrative helps in forming the idea that creates words of a song, a story, a lecture, an article or a piece of Art that Jamie creates. Jamie confesses to being “a realist”.
The recent works of Artist Jamie Holman were inspired by the Film ’71’ set in 1971 Belfast Northern Ireland about a young british soldier (Jack O’Connell) who becomes separated from his unit during a riot in Belfast. Some of the filming took place in Blackburn April 2013 and Jamies media students got the chance to be extras in the filming. The film was released in 2014 and Jamie watched it, only then realising the similaritys between the story told in ’71’ and a story closer to home. Jamies own Father was a young British soldier and was shot in the Belfast Riots so the film struck a cord and Jamie begun to look through old Photographs he had inherited of his Father in Belfast. Taking Photographs in and around Blackburn Jamie merged them with the nostalgic photographs and created a series of prints and a commisioned piece for the Saatchi Gallery magazine. All the pictures I have included in this blog have come direct from Jamies website. https://jamieholman.com/category/work/
During that time in Belfast the women would warn the men that the soldiers were coming and bang their dustbin lids on the concrete. This inspired ‘Monument’ the sound captured within a heavy sculpture where concrete met galvanised steel. 3 Internal casts of galvanised steel dustbin lids. Ciment fondu- Aggrigate concrete -Mortar
Also during the Riot’s ‘Riot sticks’ were used and Jamie created a replica of a Riot stick from fine bone China changing the hard exterior for something delicate so the easily damaging becomes easily damaged.
Jamie made a series of time consuming but Beautiful photographs of the Dustbin lids he had purchased. called ‘Rough Music’ they were all given names taken from the streets of Belfast and Blackburn.
and photographs etched on Plaster with a laser cutter.
I really like most of Jamies pieces because I can see them used in the right interiors and environment. I love the C-Type prints ‘Rough music’ the most with Falls water drive – Openshaw Drive my favorite and I did my very best to try and obtain a poster of it but unfortunately I failed. I could even see the internal casts being used but more as a garden sculpture or stepping stone.
I will definitely take inspiration from Jamie and would like to Photoshop some of my past photographs with my most recent ones. I also hope to have an inspired narrative behind my work because I think that’s why I loved Jamies work so much. The narrative behind it made the work and pieces so interesting.
When we went on our trip to London we were all really excited to see Jamie’s work in person. We were welcomed with drinks and Jamie had to be filmed closing the successful exhibition after being on show for the best part of Two months . Jamie talked about his work and about making the Pieces, his inspiration and about what was successful and unsuccessful and then gave everyone a chance to ask questions afterwards. I am pleased we got to see his exhibition in person, it was inspiring to view how the film inspired an idea and a fantastic series of Contemporary Art.