Tristan’s work incorporates dark room photography, 8mm film, sculpture and installation. Typically monochromatic and process driven, his work explores surface, geometry and place. The presence of his work is peripheral, providing a subtle arrival at a set of ideas, and hiding a meticulous and controlled process of trial and error. At the core of his work lies an enquiry into the way we interact with space and perceive our environment, brought about through subtle spacial interventions and manipulations and meticulous attention to detail. Tristan’s practice is informed by his many ongoing exchanges as part of his multiple roles as artist, gallerist and studio owner. He co-founded Moot gallery in 2005, and this project evolved into One Thoresby Street, an artist’s studio complex, project space and production facility where he currently holds the position of director.
Long exposure photographic work created by running a laser over a found rock. Form is depicted binarily, through the presence and absence of light, revealing hidden structures and textures. LPW_S2_01 was shot using medium format black and white film and developed and printed using wet chemical darkroom processes.
Long exposure photographic work created by running a laser over a found rock. Form is depicted binarily, through the presence and absence of light, revealing hidden structures and textures. LPW_S2_03 was shot using medium format black and white film and developed and printed using wet chemical darkroom processes.
A 2mm thick white line, carefully masked and painted directly onto a black-painted gallery wall. A site-specific in which the white lines form a topography or landscape within which the exhibition rest of the group exhibition can exist.
8mm projectors, 8mm films, 3mins, looped, suspended projection screens
A three-channel black and white 8mm looped film installation, featuring abandoned industrial landscapes in Belgium, Scotland and England. Filmic studies shot on a bicycle moving through the landscape, shot, edited and produced by Tristan with fellow artist MarkHarrismowicz.
(New Work: Mark Harrismowicz & Tristan Hessing), Hinterland Projects, Nottingham, UK
(40th Year Anniversary), Ratcliffe On Soar Power Station, Nottinghamshire, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
On the Rocks, Attic, Nottingham, UK
Illuminated, Quad, Derby, UK
(Exhibitions, March - May 2008), Stand Assembly, Nottingham, UK
The Parallax View, Airspace, Stoke, UK
The Vandals Stole the Handles, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool, UK
Parade 3 -Stuff Happens, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Ariston, Moor St Station, Birmingham, UK
Somewheretogo, Trinity School, Warwick, UK
2005 - present
Director, One Thoresby Street studios and gallery, Nottingham, UK
2005 - 2010
Director, Moot gallery, Nottingham, UK
Artist in residence, Trinity Technology College, Warwick, UK