Thursday October 15, 2015, 7:30 pm
Like the book Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, this program is a diverse consideration of how the abstract is manifested in the moving image arts. The program comprises contemporary and historical works with all artists included being discussed in the volume and representing the breadth, depth and variety the collection has to offer. Works screened will range from pure filmic abstraction, to animation, to digital image manipulations, and narratives.
Curated by Gabrielle Jennings and Mark Toscano.
About Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art
Offering historical and theoretical positions from a variety of art historians, artists, curators, and writers, this groundbreaking collection is the first substantive sourcebook on abstraction in moving-image media. With a particular focus on art since 2000, Abstract Video addresses a longer history of experimentation in video, net art, installation, new media, expanded cinema, visual music, and experimental film. Editor Gabrielle Jennings—a video artist herself—reveals as never before how works of abstract video are not merely, as the renowned curator Kirk Varnedoe once put it, “pictures of nothing,” but rather amorphous, ungovernable spaces that encourage contemplation and innovation. In explorations of the work of celebrated artists such as Jeremy Blake, Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe, Ryoji Ikeda, Takeshi Murata, Diana Thater, and Jennifer West, alongside emerging artists, this volume presents fresh and vigorous perspectives on a burgeoning and ever-changing arena of contemporary art.
Gabrielle Jennings is a multi-media artist and Associate Professor teaching in the Graduate Art program at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Most recently, Jennings has edited a collection of essays for University of California Press Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art. This groundbreaking volume includes a diverse set of essays centered around the question of abstraction in the moving image arts. www.gabriellejennings.com