The rise of any new imaging technology is something which many artists grapple with in their search to find new modes of expression.
Ever since the late 1960’s when video art made its first forays into the mainstream art world, the moving image has been an enticing and challenging medium for artists.
It is now a fairly common expectation that we’ll see a moving image of some sort in a gallery context, but like many movements, the journey of this medium from the periphery to the centre has had its trailblazers and its detractors.
Nam June Paik, a Korean-American artist who studied in Germany, is widely regarded as the pioneer of international video art along with Americans Bill Viola and Dan Graham.
Australia too has had its pioneers, many of whom are gathered in Scanlines: Four Decades of Australian Media Art, now showing at Orange Regional Gallery.
This exhibition is brought to us by dLux MediaArts, a ground-breaking organisation in Australia who not only present great exhibitions and dynamic collaborative projects, they are also active in using digital art and technology as a tool to engage and educate young people.
This exhibition is the first of its kind, a comprehensive group exhibition that surveys the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980's.
Using digital art and technology as a tool to engage and educate young people.Bradley Hammond
It includes rare early works and well-known works by our most high profile and internationally celebrated filmmakers, contemporary artists and scholars.
Tara Morelos and Jo Leslie from dLux installed Scanlines this week and have created an immersive environment in our large exhibition space, using the moveable wall system to set up an interesting dialogue between the projections.
The exhibition is both visually elegant and interactive, with each video emitting from a digital plinth, with a polyhedron-shaped unit which acts as a kind of channel key.
If you’d like to know what happens when you lift and rotate each polyhedron, you’ll have to come to the gallery and see for yourself.
Orange Regional Gallery is open 10am to 4pm daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday). Exhibitions are free.
For more information contact the gallery on 6393 8136 or visit the gallery’s website: www.org.nsw.gov.au