Since the 1970s, New York artist Bill Viola has explored the human condition through technology, especially video. At a time when moving images were just beginning to be universal, his proposal was revolutionary and now that they are in our day to day they remain current and powerful.
with exposure Bill Viola. Time Suspended” the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO) brings to the north of Mexico a selection of his work, with 15 pieces that will allow us to learn first-hand about his processes, concerns and evolution.
The exhibition is made with the curatorship of Kira Perovexecutive director of Bill Viola Studioas well as the collaboration of Ex Teresa Museum Contemporary Art —its first headquarters—, under the direction of Francis Rivas and in the company of Taiyana Pimenteldirector of FRAMEWORKthis Thursday a press conference was held to share the details of the exhibition.
“Although this exhibition does not bring together early works by the artist, we are going to have one or another work related to the 70s and 80s […] And we are going to see a creator who is questioning almost all the ethical orders of existence. Call it faith, cultural constructions, of course problems of representation”, explained Pimentel.
For his part, Rivas highlighted the influence he has had on the generations that came after him, especially by incorporating new technologies into his work and widen the picture about what the video as an expressive support can provide.
“Perhaps today for us talking about video and expressive languages in video is a very common thing for us, because video saturates our daily experience. We live surrounded by screensthrough cell phones through screens, we receive a constant bombardment of moving images that shape the landscape of contemporary culture”, he said.
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“However, that is why we can lose sight of the fact that the video was not always an expression of our emotions and dreams. for hundreds of years mankind used paint as the canvas, literally, to capture these realities. There were other supports such as writing, but in the plastic arts that was the case. And until the 20th century humanity discovers this technology, and that is where Bill Viola’s exploration becomes momentous”, he continued.
The exhibition, which will open to the public on November 18, will present pieces such as “Incrementation” (1996), “The reflecting pool” (1977.1979), “The quintet of the astonished” (2000) and “Fire woman” (2005).
“Talking about Bill Viola’s work is fascinating but also complex. Because he is not only a very competent plastic artist, with a truly wonderful expressiveness for those of us who like his work, but also we are talking about a philosopher, we are talking about a thinker in the broadest term of the word, who reflects plastically on the great problems of human existence, such as the ephemerality of existence, such as the idea of remaining, how we remain, transcend in this fleeting life; the idea of our body as a surface on which all our emotions are expressed and how the body is also a screen and we can call it that, an image, we are a sign of what we feel and think”, Rivas pointed out.