This exhibition continues the New Museum’s Screens Series, a platform for the presentation of new video works by emerging contemporary artists.
Jamie Crewe, Pastoral Drama, 2018 (still). Two-channel video, color, sound; 30 min. Courtesy the artist
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Combining video with drawing, text, and music, Jamie Crewe (b. 1987, Manchester, United Kingdom) produces dreamlike vignettes that weave together poetic retellings of Ancient Greek myths, Victorian literature, British horror stories, and queer histories. Rendered with intricate drawings bathed in saturated colored lights, or set in the craggy Scottish countryside, Crewe’s experiments with established narratives create new allegorical traditions that reflect upon contemporary questions of gender, desire, trans liberation, and the act of performing the self. Through the process of untethering conventional readings of time-honored tales, Crewe imbues source material with an almost magical power; in their retelling, these stories collapse into their own fictions and then are rebuilt. “I think of my interaction with genre as a kind of curdling,” says Crewe. “[There] is the milk, and then I add some acid to make it split, come apart, transform.”
“Screens Series: Jamie Crewe” is curated by Madeline Weisburg, Curatorial Assistant.
About the Artist
Jamie Crewe (b. 1987, Manchester, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Crewe has had solo exhibitions at LUX Moving Image, London (2020); Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK (2020); Grand Union, Birmingham (2020); Pastoral Drama at Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Gasworks, London (2017); and Transmission, Glasgow (2016). Crewe’s work was included in British Art Show 9, Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester, and Plymouth, UK (2021–22); the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2019); and the KW Production Series at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2018). Crewe is the recipient of the EMAF Award for Groundbreaking Work in Media Art at the 35th European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, the Margaret Tait Award in 2019, a Turner Bursary in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2022.