Tuesday, 17 March 2009

WE ARE OPEN - Artscape Project now represented by the Open Gallery


'Artscape' no longer embodies our current status nor our wider desire - to work with and support artists in their pursuit of openness in moving imagery. So we present our new incarnation to mark a new era of explorations into the world of the video painting: the Open Gallery.

A New Movement

The New Year begins and a new movement is spreading round the world: an exploration of openness through the medium of the video painting.

From the first experimental pieces shot by the founder of the Artscape collective in the Black Hills of Wales, artists have now filmed video paintings in almost every corner of the earth and their work has been shown everywhere from London to Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Portugal, Napoli, New York, LA, Miami, Sao Paolo and New Zealand.

As momentum has gathered and more artists have gravitated towards the philosophies of the original collective, the exploration has grown to embody something far greater and more diverse: the video painting movement.

The History

2001: A new form of video art was born - the video painting. A collective began to form as more artists chose to experiment with this medium. They called themselves the Artscape Project. The earliest video paintings focused purely on natural landscapes and were intended to encourage the viewer to escape from the traditional precepts ingrained within moving imagery.

2003: Further modes of expression were opened as new technologies were developed to enable video paintings - for the first time - to be combined into collections of non-repetitive, intelligent sequences designed according to criteria determined by the artists. This freedom allowed artists to present their explorations of the natural world in a manner which was totally free from strictures that had previously defined video art.

2005: The Artscape Gallery was founded as the public stage upon which the work of the Artscape Project could be shown. Several high profile public exhibitions and numerous permanent installations for a diverse range of private clients followed.

2006: The work of the Artscape Project began to diversify from playful explorations into the natural world, with video paintings now touching on urban landscapes and developing along both abstract and literal themes.

2009: 'Artscape' no longer embodies our current status nor our wider desire - to work with and support artists in their pursuit of openness in moving imagery. So we present our new incarnation to mark a new era of explorations into the world of the video painting: the Open Gallery.

We hope you like it. After all, it is easier to spell!

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