Browsing Category: video installation

  • George Barber, Fences Make Senses (2015)

    It happened so fast. I heard a rip, saw a blur of yellow tarpaulin, and then saw the panicking youth. He dropped down onto City Road and began to sprint in the direction of Islington. The lorry driver, who was already on the pavement and could have come from anywhere in Europe, had a few words …

    November 27, 2015
  • Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors (2012)

    Hard not to like an artist who is unafraid to quote his dad in an interview (as you can see Kjartansson does in the footage above): “It’s sad and beautiful to be a human being”. There’s also an honesty about his subject matter in The Visitors. It’s not about poverty, war or global pandemic. He’s …

    October 29, 2014
  • Photodiary: Whitstable Biennale 2014

    Last Saturday I spent eight or so intense hours hot footing it around a coastal town in South East England in search of the many artworks which make up Whitstable Biennale. The coach dropped us at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, in which could be seen a wry excavation of 35-year-old television drama ,Sapphire and Steel, in …

    June 8, 2014
  • Matt Collishaw, The End of Innocence (2012)

    One of the more surprising things you might hear about the work of Francis Bacon is that one of his paintings hangs in a museum at the Vatican. The work is a study for a better known painting of Pope Innocent X. In the subsequent work his holiness appears in a gold cage screaming blue …

    April 28, 2012
  • Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Promised Land (2011)

    Paddling naked, save for a life jacket, through the dark waters of a harbour is so difficult it seems comic. Since the swimmer is in a video piece, one really hopes this is a performance. But this is a real life moment in the life of a would-be migrant to Britain. Art is the last …

    June 28, 2011
  • Mark Leckey, GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction (2010)

    The fridge looks nothing like my fridge. In truth it is more like a “dark mirror”, a “walled garden” or a “monstrous insect”, all comparisons made by an anguished, robotic first person voiceover. Manufacturers Samsung surely realise they are in the business of fabricating metaphors. How else could they justify a $1,799 price tag for …

    June 2, 2011
  • Plastique Fantastique, Impossible Diagrams

    What to make of a flicker between a bandaged head and a face carved in a brieze block. Or an unshaven mouth which hi-jacks a news report. Or self-immolation illustrated as if for a kids’ book. Quite a bit happens in the Plastique Fantastique show at Grey Area. Not all is easy to describe and …

    May 27, 2011
  • The Refrain, Judy Price, 2008

    It is quite something to come across an eye hospital in a gallery. Each one could be a metaphor for the other. In both you can expect some kind of operation on your field of vision. But to come across St John’s Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem is stranger still. In this two-channel video installation, …

    January 4, 2011
  • Antony Gormley/Tomoko Takahashi/Alice Neel/Ed Pien/Jorge Santos/Simon Yuill

    Recent reviews and previews written for Culture24. Check ’em out: Review: Antony Gormley – Critical Mass, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea Review: Tomoko Takahashi – Introspective Retrospective, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea Review: Alice Neel – Painted Truths, Whitechapel Gallery, London Preview: Ed Pien – Memento, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Preview: Jorge Santos – the …

    August 21, 2010