Crowds flock to Turner Prize show

Queues outside the Baltic
Queues have stretched outside the Baltic gallery

Almost 25,000 people have visited the Baltic art gallery in Gateshead in five days to see works by this year’s Turner Prize nominees.

26 October 2011 Last updated at 11:45 GMT

Apologies for the late posting, very busy here preparing for the Cow House Open Studios tomorrow:

Today it is of  course all about the Turner Prize once again. Whatever the press are saying, and it varies a lot the Turner Prize shoe seems to be more popular than ever this year. As I say there are many different takes on the show across the media, but I thought this like to The Guardians “Turner Prize 2011 in Pictures!, was a notable entry and one worth passing on.

Hilary Lloyd.

Of courses todays posting is actually about Hilary Lloyd, the video artist who has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2011 for her solo show at Raven Row in London. Anyone who knows me has probably heard me expound at length about my opinions of video artists, and are probably even now rushing for cover. So they may well be surprised to hear me say that I don’t just like Hilary Lloyd’s work, but I think it is probably the strongest work in the show and in my opinion she should win the competition. However I do temper this judgement by pointing out that Lloyd isn’t your traditional video maker; the videos are simply one element in what I see as a much more thoughtful, sculptural approach to her practice. It’s funny, the amount of times that I have been in sculpture studios at University’s which are full of students making videos and have thought to myself; they really shouldn’t be here. But here is a video maker who really deserves the title; sculptor.

Nevertheless, it is video and video used as if should be, not as a piece of documentation which has been mistaken for an art work. Here the images and sound are components  in a sculptural installation, of which the screens, projectors and even the structures that hold them in place become a part of.  The videos themselves are at first appearance straight forward, but involve concepts of abstraction which challenge our ways of seeing as well as what is being  seen.

Tomorrow I will be looking at the Turner Prize from 2001.