Saturday, 30 November 2013

Misdirect Movies - Meter Room

Misdirect Movies at Meter Room, Coventry - 9/11/13 – 1/12/13
Artists: Rosa Barba, Andrew Bracey, Dave Griffiths, Cathy Lomax, Elizabeth McAlpine, David Reed and John Rimmer. Dave Griffiths, John Rimmer.
Misdirect Movies is an exhibition that explores new possibilities of collage using material gleaned from cinema. Meter Room, Coventry is the final leg of the exhibition tour that has visited The Royal Standard, Liverpool; Standpoint Gallery, London, and Greyfriars, Lincoln. Dave Griffiths will be showing a new commission made especially for the exhibition at Meter Room. The private view is at 6-8pm on Friday 8th November, all are welcome to attend this free event.
This exhibition has developed from the research interests and artworks of the curators, Andrew Bracey and John Rimmer. The selected artists employ cinematic imagery to re-employ film narrative and explore new forms of materiality outside of cinema. With access to the internet and the digitalisation of film, artists are now able to appropriate films to create different and innovative approaches to collage. The exhibition features a wide range of media, from projections and monitor-based work through to digital prints, artist’s books, painting and even a microfiche viewer.

The artists bridge the analogue and the digital. Rosa Barba exhibits every issue of Printed Cinema. These artist’s books have been published alongside her film projects and include film stills, text and photographs. Andrew Bracey is interested in the power of the still image in film. Ensemble Cast is a new animation that features a cast of 1500 film stars reduced to one restlessly moving head. Dave Griffiths’ recent work dwells on the physical and fictive borders of cinema, often employing the projectionist’s cue dot to activate the narrative potential of marginal images. Cathy Lomax keeps an on-going visual diary of all the films that she has watched, selecting one image from each to make into a small, rapidly executed painting. Elizabeth McAlpine compiles the missed footage from Nicolas Roeg's cult thriller Don't Look Now that a viewer did not see, due to them blinking. David Reed's animation references John Ford's western The Searchers. It also recalls an earlier personal experience where the artist accidently discovered a cave used in the Ford’s film. John Rimmer’s Interference gathers together personal and filmic references. Found footage of Philosopher and theorist’s heads, scenes from Annie Get Your Gun, commercials and other sourced material combine to form a mental landscape.

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