Popular culture has been molded by television and electronic graphic information since the mid-20th century. Whether appearing on a TV console, computer monitor, or smart device, video has become a comfortable, accessible, and preferred medium for both consumption and creation, especially to those among us under 30. Many critics today consider it to be this generation’s quintessential format for expression. Camera Lucida features eight contemporary artists from around the world who work with video and digital moving imagery. Artists Jay Bolotin, Rob Carter, Joe Hamilton, Yeon Jin Kim, LigoranoReese, Jillian Mayer, Rosa Menkman, and Rick Silva offer fresh perspectives on enduring concerns and new issues, using a technology that is widely familiar through common exposure, if not as broadly known as an independent art form. Yet video has been used as an eloquent and powerful vehicle by artists for more than 50 years, ranging from early documentary formats and narrative expositions to digital abstraction and game-playing interaction. JCSM’s survey provides a compelling look at the state of the medium today, where age-old intentions find new purpose in new applications.
This exhibition has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Rob Carter uses stop motion animation to render fictional yet conceivable transformations of the landscape through mankind’s propensity for building. His video “Foobel (An Alternate History)” traces the imagined evolution of a simple outdoor soccer pitch through time into ever larger and more bombastic iterations of stadium architecture. A later work, “Metropolis” depicts a similar metamorphosis of rural, 18th-century Charlotte, North Carolina into a futuristic urban conglomeration of skyscrapers and sports arenas. Created by video-recording printed images on paper, cut and folded progressively into elaborate compositions, Carter’s videos comment on the politics of hubris and humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
This video contains an excerpt from Metropolis, 2008.