We are excited to present our first invitational video exhibition, Still Moving, which examines the use of photographic images in the creation of video art. Works by Jan Kaesbach, Kasumi, Jonna Kina, Guillaume Martial, Kevin O. Mooney, and Tim Tate will be featured.
Friday, July 8
5:00 – 7:30
Jan Kaesbach (b. 1989, Essen, Germany) creates portraits of tradespeople that resemble contemporary August Sander’s photographs. The artist makes videos that appear static, yet upon closer examination, an eye twitches, a flame flickers or a hand tremors. Each “moving portrait” is made by seamlessly looping 3500 still images, which are then played back at standard film speed. The videos last between 3-4 minutes, creating a tension between the sitter and the artist, as each subject attempts to remain still. These are quiet pieces that allow an intimate interaction with the viewer.
Kasumi is an internationally recognized artist who produces a visual language of gestures by using still images and film clips from long-forgotten motion pictures. The General in his Labyrinth is a video inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’ novel of the same name. Both the book and the video depict a man enslaved by the mirrored walls of his own likeness. In Kasumi’s video triptych, a man turns back and forth looking at the viewer, only to see his face appear before him within the confines of the reflective frame. Shown on an endless loop, the video mesmerizes, creating a rhythm associated with the writings of Márquez.
Jonna Kina (b. 1984, Lappeenranta, Finland) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with photography, video and text. Her video piece, Secret Words and Related Stories, is a collection of anonymous passwords and the stories behind them, read by young actors between the ages of 12-16 years old. Each actor stands in front of a red backdrop and reads from a single sheet of paper, narrating personal confessions, childhood memories and clichéd rationalities. These are thoughtful, humorous, and emotional stories about a chosen word that often discloses personal information, which is the antithesis of its purpose.
Guillaume Martial (b. 1985, Caen, France) presents Le Modulor, a grid of nine photographs accompanied by a video. In the photographs and video, we see the artist in a gymnasium interacting with three modules (blue, red and yellow). A modulor was an architectural measurement invented in 1945 by Le Corbusier that provides maximum comfort in the relationship between man and his living space. The artist tackles this concept by playing and interacting with three distinct shapes. The result is a surreal and comical piece about his relationship with architecture.
Kevin O. Mooney (b. 1957, Salt Lake City, UT) has been a photographer for more than 40 years, working in the commercial, advertising and fine art worlds. He recently turned the camera inward, photographing himself numerous times a day for a full year. The result is 365247, a video comprised of more than 250,000 still images. Presented on a flat panel monitor, twelve videos play simultaneously, each representing a month in the life of the artist. We watch the artist turn off an alarm clock, brush his teeth, go to work, shop, take medicine, shovel snow, along with all the other things that happen within a year. The result is a fast paced 40-minute video about the passage of time.
Tim Tate (b. 1960, Washington, D.C.) has gained a large following for his glass and vitrine works that often incorporate video. In his recent series, Opulent Protector, a group of highly ornamental and colorful acrylic frames surround a watchful, blinking human eye. Diagnosed decades ago with a terminal illness, Tate sought comfort imagining his favorite aunt watching over him and keeping him healthy. The protector pieces offer all of us comfort, as we imagine our own loved ones watching over us, keeping us safe from illness and loss.
Still Moving: An Invitational Video Exhibition
July 8 – September 2, 2016
Please visit our website to see all of the images in the show.