Moving Image Matters examines the use of video as a medium of expression and interpretation by artists and makers for whom material is the anchor of their studio work. These nine short works represent modes of thinking and approaches shared by artists who work primarily in wood, clay, metal, and glass.
The international, pan-disciplinary scope of the exhibition emphasizes the universality of video as a medium of artistic expression. It reflects the borderless expanse and interconnectivity of the digital world, especially as the reach of video-sharing platforms broadens and smart devices, video editing tools, and drone photography become more accessible. The works on view are as diverse as the artists and makers that have authored them—from performing process, poeticizing material, or exploring the phenomenon of the human hand, to subverting the how-to video genre, creating and documenting spectacle, or building elaborate narratives around material or process.
As our world becomes increasingly digital, the moving image holds greater presence in our lives, while the boundaries between the material and digital worlds become less defined. While for many the mediation of identity and experience takes place in the dematerialized space of bits and bytes, the video medium holds potential for dialogue between the material concerns of studio makers and the image-based conditions of video.
Exhibition Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood
Artists: Hayami Arakawa, US; Jesse Beecher and Jack Mauch, US; Anat Golan, Israel; Phil Gray, Ts’msyen and Mikisew Cree; Ayumi Horie, US; Etsuko Ichikawa, b. Japan, active US; Gina Siepel, US; Barb Smith, US; Coby Unger, US
Image caption: Barb Smith, US, Dig, 2012, still image from video, 2:27 mins.