Haunch of Venison has taken on the delightful task of displaying a diverse body of video work from Bill Viola. The installations will run the entire course of the exhibit while screenings of two older pieces will be held daily from February 5-15.
Bill Viola has chosen video as his oeuvre and has been producing with astonishing result for more than thirty five years. The growth of the art has been paralleled by advances in technology. Twenty years ago video as art suffered the limitations of the medium whereas now messages are conveyed without inhibition.
I always thought of Viola’s pieces as paintings plus time. The introduction of high resolution, flat screen monitors into the gallery setting has thoroughly smudged the line.
This exhibition is an excellent chance to see some past work. “Hatsu-Yume” (below) from 1981 and “The Passing” from 1991 are the two videos that will be screened daily.
9 January – 21 February 2009
Haunch of Venison