11 February — 11 May 2014
Cinema and Painting
Curated by Michelle Menzies and Daniel Morgan
Cinema and Painting examines the intersection of two screen-based arts against the backdrop of a digital culture characterized by the increasing plasticity of pictorial surfaces. Turning to artists, both contemporary and historical, who engage the relation between the screen and the space that projects from it, the exhibition maps the genealogy and contemporary life of a Modernist tradition of depth.
In this exhibition volumetric cinemas and paintings that spill off the wall offer exemplars of a strain of aesthetic practice in which the interrogation of a haptic image accompanies a commitment to formal complexity within the frame. By addressing the materiality of ‘projective space’—that physical zone beyond the picture plane activated by the body of the spectator in conjunction with the beam of the projector, or the intricacies of painted forms—Cinema and Painting examines the interconnection of these arts not only in pictorial, but in explicitly phenomenological terms.