Eight artists from Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Arts (UAL) partner up to explore “shifting boundaries, shared language, and common denominators” between painting and film/video in “Light Matter”, a week-long exhibition in the Cookhouse at Chelsea College of Arts, London. Ends 17 January 2015.
New possibilities for painting through moving image?
“Light Matter” is an exhibition that attempts to converge and contest the boundaries between moving image and the more “traditional” artistic medium of painting. Curated by Stuart Layton from Royal College of Art [RCA] and Julian McSweeney from UAL/Chelsea College of Arts, eight artists come together in the attempt to show ways of working that, in effect, bridge the divide between these seemingly-disparate mediums.
“By exploring painting in its expanded field”, McSweeney writes, “we hope to push the medium into slightly unfamiliar territories”. The anticipated result of such a conglomeration is to reflect “new possibilities for painting brought about by the digital revolution”.
McSweeney asserts that since the early days of the movies, filmmakers often “used the imagery of paintings to shape or enrich the meaning of their films, despite cinema historically challenging the whole system of the arts”. Throughout this history, the common thread between painting and cinema is the visual image.
Today, the accessibility of movies and still imagery through digital technology seems to have “clouded the margins that exist between high art and popular culture”… perhaps so much so, says McSweeney, that a show like this one serves to question the venerated and well-established formats of exhibitions (including this one), and asks, are they now defunct?
Artists featured in ‘Light Matter’: Verity Birt (RCA), Lauren Cohen (RCA), Jinjoo Kim (Chelsea Alumni), Stuart Layton (RCA), Julian McSweeney (Chelsea), Natsumi Sakamoto (Chelsea Alumni), Francesca Ulivi (Chelsea Alumni), Billy Ward (Chelsea Alumni)
More links and information
- Get updates about ‘Light Matter’ exhibition on Facebook – from 13th through 17th January 2015, PV on Monday 12th January 2015.
- Read up on Chelsea College of Fine Arts, MA Fine Art in Pimlico, London.
- Learn more about the School of Fine Art at Royal College of Arts, Battersea, London.
- Read more about the community of artists at Chelsea College of Arts, London
Private View: Monday 12th January 2015, 5.30pm – 8pm.
Open hours: Daily 11.00am – 8.00pm
‘Light Matter’ is graciously supported by: