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Eddie Saint-Jean – visual artist, photographer, filmmaker

Eddie Saint-Jean is an artist working in moving image and photography.

His work is influenced by Freudian theories of the Uncanny (Unheimlich) which refers to how familiar, everyday items and subjects have unhomely, eerie or uncanny elements. Cinematic cultural references often appear in his work.

PRESS

Muscadine Magazine The Uncanny Eye of Eddie Saint-Jean. Eddie Saint-Jean is interviewed about how Freudian theories of the Uncanny influence his art. Also his favourite artists, tips and lifestyle questions.

Libretto Magazine A Conversation With Eddie Saint-Jean. Interviewed about art, film, Freud, The Uncanny, David Lynch, Kubrick…

Haus-a-Rest Magazine the ‘Uncanny’ issue features art influenced by Sigmund Freud’s Uncanny. Eddie Saint-Jean is one of the artists featured and his artwork Uncanny2 is in their Uncanny-themed exhibition

Art Hole Magazine feature article on Eddie Saint-Jean’s influences and the concept of the Uncanny

What’s Hot London? Magazine article on Eddie Saint-Jean’s exhibition at The Espacio Gallery and the new normal for artists

Current Unfinished/Ongoing Projects

‘Vertigo’ – video installation

Eddie Saint-Jean went to the top floor of an East End rooftop car park and reworked the disorientating push pull zoom first used in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. The original zoom gets lost in his new interpretation – which is an exploration of uncanny urban environments through his gaze

The red and green colours in the video installation reference the unusual palette used in the original movie.

Exhibitions And Awards

EXHIBITION – I Matter, Babylon Gallery, Ely Cambridgeshire. Group exhibition 2021-22 tour

Eddie Saint-Jean’s experimental photographic work ‘Queen’ was amongst the works selected for the I Matter exhibition and given an exhibition award for selection. The exhibition is now on a tour of galleries and museums 2021-22.

EXHIBITION – IAVOPO 1st International Pop Art Biennale June 2021

Eddie Saint-Jean’s Uncanny-influenced photographic work ‘We’re All In This Together’ was selected for the 2021 IAVPOA 1st International Pop Art Biennale. The work has ironic pop art elements.

EXHIBITION – Unity Exhibition, Candid Gallery, Torrens Street, Islington, London. May 2021

Eddie Saint-Jean’s photographic work ‘We’re All In This Together’ was selected for this group exhibition.

EXHIBITION – ‘Facade’ Hackney Downs Studio, London April 2021

Vertigo, a 1958 movie by Alfred Hitchcock is considered a classic also ‘possibly’ the first movie to be considered art. The artist went to an East End car park rooftop to recreate and rework the Vertigo Effect which is a disorientating zoom effect used in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 movie. His Vertigo video art was exhibited at this group exhibition.

EXHIBITION – Space In Between, Gallery 54, Mayfair, London. (April 2021)

This group show organised by TAOI (The Art Of Isolation) sought work which responded to the theme of ‘ The Space In Between’. It was also the April anniversary of film director Alfred Hitchcock’s death, so the artist produced VERTIGO a series of works in photography and video art. The disorientating zoom used in the original movie is reshot in an East End rooftop carpark with striking commentaries on perspective and uncanny urban environments.

EXHIBITION – IAVOPO 1st International Video Art Festival, Feb 2021

The ‘Blackout Uncanny’ video installation was selected for the 2021 IAVPOA 1st International Video Art Festival. It features clips from Eddie Saint-Jean’s Uncanny-influenced feature film Blackout (2020) projected onto a bathroom shower curtain in an experimental homage to the Hitchcock film Psycho.

EXHIBITION – From Portray To Portrait, Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby, UK (Feb 2021)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work A Feast Of Friends (below) was selected for this group show.

EXHIBITION – Affinity Exhibition, Pepney Gallery, Cavan, Ireland. (Jan 2021)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work A Feast Of Friends (above) was selected for this New Year exhibition. The judging panel felt the artwork was ‘striking, original and fits the exhibition theme very well’. The show was online/virtual because of UK Covid restrictions.

EXHIBITIONGallery 54, Mayfair, London (Jan 2021)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work A Feast Of Friends was included in this New Year group show organised by the TAIO Collective. It celebrated Rebirth and New Beginnings in the New Year. Earmarked for Jan 17-24 at The Gallery 54, Mayfair, it ran as a virtual exhibition from Jan 21 because of the uncertainty around Covid 19 restrictions.

AWARD-WINNING FINALIST – Florence Contemporary Gallery, Florence, Italy (Dec 2020)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work Uncanny2 was pre-selected as a finalist in a competition run by the gallery.

EXHIBITION – Candid Gallery Christmas Show, Islington, London, UK (Dec 2020)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work Uncanny2 (above).selected for Candid’s in-gallery Christmas show.

EXHIBITION – Metamorphosis Exhibition, Hackney Downs, London, UK (Dec 2020)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work Uncanny2 (above) selected for virtual exhibition Dec 11-20.

EXHIBITION – The Art Of Isolation, Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK. (Nov 2020)
Saint-Jean’s photographic work Uncanny2 (above) selected for this in-gallery exhibition which sought creative responses to the restricting and isolating conditions of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Art Of Isolation Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London

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