Nick Relph, born 1979, UK
Working across a variety of media including video, photography, collage and sculpture, New York based artist Nick Relph explores contemporary processes of production and re-production, investigating ideas of branding and independent artistic control – in fashion as well as in art.
His work at Tate St Ives looks at the relationships between fine art, fashion and the history of textile technologies. The installation Thre Stryppis Quhite Upon ane Blak Field 2010 comprises three films, each saturated in a different colour, projected one on top of the other in real time. A restless collage of blue, green and red projections, one film is a documentary about Modernist painter Ellsworth Kelly, another about fashion house Comme des Garçons, and the last a history of tartan in Scotland.