Tim Portlock’s current work combines special effects software and the visual conventions of 19th-century American painting to creatively simulate contemporary cityscapes. In recent years, his large format print images have depicted imagined landscapes populated with the empty buildings that surround his home as well as developments in post-boom and bust Las Vegas and San Bernardino.
Other work utilizes large outdoor video projections onto buildings, creating temporary public art that incorporates new media and the visual language of murals while engaging with architecture and city space.
Portlock has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His exhibitions include SPRING/BREAK Art Show, PULSE New York, Broadstone Studios in Dublin as part of Photo Ireland (2012); the Tate Modern as a member of the artist collective Vox Populi (2011); Christie’s London, represented by Philagrafika (2012); the International Guerrilla Video Festival in Dublin (2009);This is Not a Gateway, a group exhibition of outdoor video projections in London (2009). Portlock has also exhibited at the 404 Festival in Argentina and Italy, the ISEA electronic arts festival in Japan, and Ars Electronica, Austria.