For the first time ever DegreeArt’s Execution Room unveils an exhibition dedicated to artists’ moving image. Degree Art is a pioneering web portal which offers the public the opportunity to commission, purchase, or rent cutting-edge contemporary art created by the best students and recent graduates from the UK’s leading art schools. This staging of its first Audio Video exhibition at its Vyner Street space is a new direction for the gallery located at 12a Vyner Street, London E2 9DG and running from Thursday 5th to Sunday 29th July 2012.
Audio Video acts as an introduction to the moving image – as artwork – by presenting five established channels, created by artists working in the fields of contemporary film and video. It will engage the viewer and become a foundation and impetus for a new interest in video art, visually narrated by emerging artists with unique takes on the form.
The artists will showcase a medium that has often been overshadowed by traditional fine art practices. The exhibition will illustrate the visual diversity of the medium within the accessible setting of the gallery and will showcase single channel, multichannel, installation, performance video, and narrative video.
While Audio Video will define these areas of video art, the artists will demonstrate the wide possibilities of contemporary moving image. With their own innovative takes on video art, they have created a diverse collection which ranges from the hypnotic to the surreal, dissecting and reconstructing reality through different perspectives and narratives.
Curated by: Fiona Haggerty & Ryan Lanji – Exhibiting Artists:
Alex Ressel is a video artist who explores language and poetry, and one’s relationship to their everyday environment.
Tobias Zehntner finds magic in the mundane, creating pieces a viewer wants to watch for hours.
George Petrou is interested in the self and the other, and the relationship between reality and the constructed, in the contemporary world
In Jessica Rinland’s recent work she has operated within the documentary format, using it to experiment with manipulating what the viewer believes to be real.
Rachel Maclean creates surreal, brightly coloured shorts which she acts in herself, portraying strange characters in an imagined universe.
Since winning the Exposure Emerging Artist Award in 2009, Sonny Sanjay Vadgama has gone from strength to strength. His work uses digital manipulation and often large scale projection.
Dagmar Schurrer alters the context of his videos by reconstructing the footage, displacing the meaning of time and narrative.