This year at HowTheLightGetsIn 2016, Open Gallery presents “Strange Encounters”.
Since 2001 Open Gallery have pioneered the medium of video painting – dedicated to the avoidance of narrative closure. Shot with a stationary camera, a fixed lens and presented without any sound or subsequent editing, video paintings are presented in long form thematic series. Although individually titled video paintings are autonomous pieces, it is within the context and complexity of the series – typically including twenty to forty video paintings - that the medium represents a challenge to the narrative traditions of film and video art. The series do not loop, but are played out in an order determined by the artists and which gradually shifts and evolves.
In response to this year’s festival theme, Open Gallery presents ‘Strange Encounters’ a series of video paintings that uncover the strange in the everyday and encourage us to see afresh what we have previously taken for granted.Strange Encounters features work from international artists who film all over the world such as Kuala Lumpur, Norway, France and Russia, amongst others. They use the medium of video painting to realise a series of strange encounters with the known. The video paintings from each of these artists 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 the images depict some known object or event and in its place uncover a rich and unknown world that is usually hidden from us
Alex Bettler, Gabrielle Le Bayon, Sidsel Christensen, Isabelle Inghilleri, Sanchita Islam, Tina Keane, Hilary Lawson, Mark Nelson, William Raban, Sarah Turner
118 video paintings
15 hours, 55 minutes
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