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Video Transformations

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Video has emerged as a significant contemporary art form in its own right and as an adjunct to the artistic techniques of other fields. Video Transformations presents current video works that reinterpret the performing and visual arts, showing how video artists have dealt with the limitations and challenges posed by the medium, and how they have transformed other arts to video. Many of the works are collaborative creations of the video maker and artists in other fields. In some instances, most particularly in the ultimately non-collaborative area of visual art, the video maker is the artist. The exhibition is divided into four programs, each about 90 minutes in length and each providing a sampling of art transformations. The video makers represented come from all parts of the United States, and include men and women of a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

The successful transformation of other art forms to video must take into account the specific properties of the medium. In the best works created today, video artists accept the limitations and exploit the advantages of video. Thus, while the reality of the small screen eliminates panoramic stage pictures and limits the amount of activity that can be portrayed at any single moment, it also offers an intimacy and immediacy far beyond what any live or filmed performance can provide. That same intimacy provides considerable opportunity to experiment with content: works that pose difficult questions or present mysterious happenings are often less daunting to an audience when seen on a small scale.

In Video Transformations, we see how technology is used by the artist to enhance the expression of traditional art forms. We also see that technology has encouraged the growth of video art as a separate form. But if this new art form is to fulfill its potential, the video artist must be more than technically proficient. He or she must posses a vision or idea which will expand the viewer’s perception of life, as have other artists’ visions for centuries. If video art is to be of lasting value, a video aesthetic must be cultivated.

-- Excerpt from foreword to the exhibition catalogue by Lois Bianchi, 1986

Accompanying this exhibition is the catalogue "Video Transformations" edited by Lois Bianchi. Please click here or visit our shop for more information.




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touring schedule

Oklahoma Art Center
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

Modin Fine Arts Center, University of Richmond
Richmond, VA, United States
September 3, 1987 - January 1, 1970

Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art
Columbus, OH, United States
May 11, 1986 - January 1, 1970

Tyler Art Gallery
Oswego, NY, United States
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

Visual Studies Workshop
Rochester, NY, United States
January 1, 1970 - March 10, 1986

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC, United States
January 1, 1970 - March 10, 1986

Video Free America
San Francisco, CA, United States
January 1, 1970 - June 9, 1986

Closely Watched Films
Doylestown, PA, United States
April 5, 1986 - October 5, 1986

Stevenson Union Gallery, Southern Oregon State College
Ashland, OR, United States
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

Hillwood Art Gallery, C.W. Post University
Greenvale, NY, United States
December 4, 1986 - January 1, 1970

deSaisset Museum, University of Santa Clara
Santa Clara, CA, United States
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970

Ball State University Gallery
Muncie, IN, United States
January 1, 1970 - September 2, 1986