Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Open Gallery goes Global


101 Video Paintings launch at The Globe at Hay

The Open Gallery has taken up residence at a brand new arts centre in Hay-on-Wye, to coincide with the opening of Britain’s best-known literary festival.

The Globe at Hay, which opened to the public on Friday, is home to the newly-founded Institute of Art and Ideas. It represents a unique exhibition, performance and social space, where new thoughts, ideas, and forms of expression can thrive. Located in a converted eighteenth-century chapel in a remarkable town on the Welsh border, The Globe endorses the Open Gallery ethos: using art to facilitate openness in traditionally closed spaces.

Three gallery spaces inside The Globe have been fitted with projection equipment to accommodate an ongoing series of video painting exhibitions from the Open Gallery, beginning with two collections comprising 101 distinctive video paintings.

‘Openness’, a collaborative sequence by Alex Bettler, Sanchita Islam, Tina Keane, Hilary Lawson and William Raban, is a dynamic installation, creating an infinite number of routes through 66 video paintings according to principles laid down by the artists. As a call to venture out from the closed confines of everyday spaces into a world of openness, it directly represents the revolutionary concept at the heart of the Open Gallery.

In contrast, Isabelle Inghilleri’s ‘Gone Tomorrow’ depicts Norwegian landscapes in transition from winter to spring, documenting the invigorating and sometimes violent processes of change evident in nature. The event marks only her second video exhibition in the UK.

101 Video Paintings will run at The Globe until 3rd July, and will be succeeded by a range of installations from the Open Gallery.

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