Moving Around

Moving Around: moving images from Rockhampton Art Gallery Collection vividly brings to life a selection of compelling works from Rockhampton Art Gallery’s new media collection. The Gallery’s growing moving image collection captures both contemporary art and its practitioner’s response to this ever developing digital medium. The genre known as video art, emerged during the late 1960s. In this rising period, video was cheap and easy to make, enabling artists to record and document their performances easily. This put less pressure on where their art was situated giving them freedom outside the gallery.

Video art typically appears in two basic varieties: single-channel and installation. In single-channel works, a video is screened, projected or shown as a single series of images. Installations typically comprise either an environment made up of several distinct pieces of video screened simultaneously, or a combination of video with Assemblage, or Performance art. As video technology became more sophisticated, the art evolved from real-time, grainy, black and white recordings to the present day emphasis on large-scale installations in colour such as Bill Viola’s multi-screened works. Other artists, e.g. Gillian Wearing, use a documentary style to make art about the hidden aspects of society.

Rockhampton Art Gallery first expanded the collection holdings introducing video art in 2004 with the work titled Inertia 1998 by Iwasaki Masashi. Over the past 50 years we have become familiar with some of the 2,000+ artworks in the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection, and more often than not, our familiarity is to the Modernist painting collection. 

Moving Around brings to light an alternative side to Rockhampton Art Gallery. The exhibition present highlights to contemporary collection and its response to developments in artist mediums.