By rejecting the institution of a physical gallery space and working with an ephemeral medium, the gallery itself is in a continual state of evolution and leading the way in what a gallery for video artworks could become.
During the last decade, the gallery has been involved with different institutions and projects, showcasing video painting series nationally and internationally. The gallery participates in moving image festivals globally, and curates bespoke private events that combine screenings with discursive interactions through programmed debates. 'The Open Prize for Video Painting' is an international art competition organised by Open Gallery, designed to celebrate emerging artists working within the video painting medium.
Jasmina Metwaly’s video painting series ‘Remarks on Medan (Tahrir version)’ 2011, has been exhibited at Jeu de Paume, Paris as part of the Group Exhibition Uprising curated by Georges Didi-Huberman. These two pieces ‘Tahrir Square: Cut-Skin’ and ‘Tahrir Square: Metro vent’ form part of a wider body of work filmed during the Egyptian revolution of 2011. See more
Open Gallery took part in the HowTheLightGetsIn London 2018 Festival in Hampsted Heath presenting In A New Light Video Painting Series and 'Finding the New in the Known' artist talk by one of our exhibiting artist Sanchita Islam.
In A New Light features work by international aritsts from Gabrielle Le Bayon of France to Sanchita Islam of Kula Lumpur as well as many UK based artists who use the medium of video painting to create a series of dream-like images. These video paintings allow the viewer to find in the multi-layered texture of the image a myriad of unexpected detail and wonder. They challenge our standard assumption that images must depict some known object or event, and in its place uncover a rich and unknown world that typically remains hidden. To fully appreciate this, the work is ideally viewed over period of weeks and months; however the installation on view made it possible to drop in on the work over the course of the weekend to approximate to a fuller experience. Over time the seemingly simplicity of the subject matter is replaced by the uncovery of its unlimited potential. See More