InSITE STL | Artist Profile – TIMOTHY PORTLOCK
St. Louis-based artist Tim Portlock and collaborator Blaize’B Daniels kicked off InSITE STL in March at The DUC Park. The Fatted Noonan, a multi-story digital projection named from notable former businesses that occupied this site, bathed the site in moving murals of light and color. The work illuminated the forgotten history of the building that once existed at the site.
The Fatted Noonan was the first of three multi-story scaled animations on buildings in Downtown St. Louis. Each site is a collaboration between Portlock and a different artist with ties to St. Louis. The subject matter for each animation will be the forgotten history of each building, carefully researched through local archives to share the building’s significance to the city. The projects each combine special-effects software and the visual conventions of 19th-century American painting to creatively interact with contemporary cityscapes and are scaled to highlight the specific architecture of the surface. The second two projections will be scheduled for the fall.
The Fatted Noonan Photo Gallery
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Tim Portlock creates artwork using special-effects software, and the visual conventions of 19th-century American painting to creatively simulate contemporary cityscapes. In his work with outdoor video projections, Portlock creates temporary public art through the incorporation of new media and the visual language of murals, while engaging with architecture and city space. Portlock is a winner of the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial presented by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation; 2019 Regional Arts Commission Fellow; and a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His exhibitions include SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York; PULSE New York; Ruffneck Constructivist curated by Kara Walker at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art; the Tate Modern as a member of the artist collective Vox Populi; Christie’s London, represented by Philagrafika. Portlock has also exhibited at the 404 Festival in Argentina and Italy, the ISEA electronic arts festival in Japan, and Ars Electronica, Austria. He is a professor and Chair of Undergraduate Art at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, Washington University in St. Louis.