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Tina Keane
A work by Tina Keane is a subtle intermingling of social issues, aesthetic pleasure, technical experimentation and structural organisation, or form.

Naming these elements separately or sequentially is just a convenience; in the event they can't easily be separated out and none exactly dominates. Rather, they 'echo' in one another. Her work can be both historically specific and universal or timeless, strongly identified with our technological and media-saturated environment, and immersed in nature. These qualities have been remarkably consistent throughout her body of work from the 1970s to today, as can be seen by comparing a recent work, appropriately titled Unbridled Echoes (2000), with one of her earliest, Shadow of a Journey (1980).

Everyone knows the urban nocturnal effect of a police car or refuse lorry that sends a garish blue or orange light glancing with hypnotic regularity against every wall and surface in its vicinity. Unbridled Echoes could be seen as a refinement and imaginative transposition of this experience to a rural setting and a different socio-political reality: the New Forest in Hampshire. Having arrived at the rendezvous after dark, visitors set off into the forest along a barely-discernible path, soon becoming aware of a narrow green light-beam slowly circulating and penetrating through the trees, at first touching a few leaves, and then gradually revealing its full scope and intensity. The light (a laser) brought us to the central space of this outdoor event, a clearing illuminated by the title of the work in neon and a large movie screen. On the screen was projected the ghostly image of a running horse. The New Forest is a unique area, originally a royal hunting ground, which has evolved its own curious forms of administration and rights for inhabitants over the centuries. Its famous ponies, now sadly in decline, have always run free over its ancients woodlands and heaths. A parallel was suggested between 'unbridled' ponies and the way in which aesthetic, social and technical aspects can 'echo' one another in the work of art. In this impromptu open-air cinema we listened to the recorded voices of local people describing, and sometimes bemoaning, recent changes in the Forest.

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