Frame & Frequency 3, Vol.1
January 27 – February 19
VisArts, 2nd Floor, In(Site) Project Gallery
Video art today plays a key role in contemporary art practice. However, it differs from other art mediums specifically by its technicality, its ephemeral and perhaps at times intangible nature, as well as its mutability and adaptability in terms of the aesthetic processes within the medium.
While video art is a relatively recent development in art history, it allows for a unique and wholly different experience from other mediums such as painting and sculpture, etc. The durational nature of video art requires a longer commitment of time on the part of the viewer in order to render an aesthetic judgment, but hopefully also a more immersive experience as well.
This exhibition presents a diverse group of artists representing multi-generational and cultural backgrounds, nationalities and personal histories, while demonstrating the artists’ impressive command of video and new media technologies.
Frame & Frequency 3 is an ongoing International Video Art Exchange program that will screen concurrently in Rockville, Maryland at VisArts and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogota, Colombia (South America). It will highlight the work of twelve international artists from Bogotá to Medellín, Colombia and from Pakistan to Sweden as well as artists from across North America, whose new media, experimental film and video works explore contemporary visual culture, and presents an intimate panorama of the variety and breadth of video art in artistic practice today – including various themes such as appropriation, digital erasure and camouflage, identity politics, climate change, as well formal investigations of video as a medium.
Artists included are: Miriam Eqbal, Colleen Keough, John Mosher, Lydia Moyer, Dan Rule, Joseph Smolinski, and Tina Willgren.
About the Artists:
Mariam Eqbal is a Pakistani born artist working at the intersections of art and science on the subject of time, space, and metamorphosis. Eqbal comes from a background in drawing and painting, and uses traditional media in conjunction with new media technologies and approaches, including video, animation, sound, installation, and performance. Her works with the moving image have been shown in galleries and screened in various festivals nationwide and around the world including: Manchester International Film Festival, Manchester, United Kingdom; Antimatter Media Arts Festival, British Columbia, Canada; The Conference on the Image, Chicago Art Department Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; and Access Code Short Film Festival, Bangalore, India. Her experimental animated work, Choreography for the Scanner, won best film in the Screendance Competition at the 29th Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds United Kingdom. Eqbal was awarded a professional fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 for her paint on glass experimental animated series, Diagram of Forces, which includes the short film Brush. Mariam Eqbal lives in Richmond, Virginia where she teaches video, sound, and animation classes in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond. She also serves on graduate thesis committees as an Affiliate Graduate Faculty Member in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Intermedia artist working in video, sound, performance, photography, installation, mixed media, and hybrid art forms. Her work explores the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and technology through integrated media works which investigate the voice, and fragmentation of identity and language through electronic modes of communication and identification. Her works have been included in national and international exhibitions and festivals including the Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece; Galway International Arts Festival, Galway, Ireland; Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space Prague, Czech Republic; Yan Gerber International Arts Festival Weichang County, China; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; and the E-Poetry Festival London / Kingston Upon the Thames, United Kingdom. She completed undergraduate studies in Studio Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, M.A., a B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and earned an M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York.
Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in central Virginia where she is an associate professor at the University of Virginia. Moyer directs the new media program in the art department at UVA, where she has taught since 2006 after completing an M.F.A. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.
Her work has been shown widely in festivals and galleries including The European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany; The Impakt Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands; video-dumbo in Brooklyn, New York; the PDX Festival in Portland, Oregon; the Black Maria Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey; Printed Matter in New York, New York and the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.
Dan Rule was born in Belleville, Illinois in 1977. He studied printmaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (B.F.A.) and Northern Illinois (M.F.A.). He works primarily in drawing, prints, video and animation, often focusing on topics that are scientific and philosophical in nature.
Dan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Orleans, where he teaches printmaking, photography and digital media. He has exhibited nationally and in Japan, Canada, and Europe. Dan currently resides in New Orleans. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include the International Print Center in New York, New York; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas.
Joseph Smolinski was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin (1999) and his M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs (2001). His work has been shown in group exhibition venues that include Diverse Works, Houston, Texas; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, and solo exhibitions at Mixed Greens Gallery, New York; Swarm Gallery, Oakland, California; Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut; and ArtSpace, New Haven, Connecticut. His work has been discussed in Art in America, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art Papers, among other publications. He is a recipient of the Connecticut Commission of the Arts 2012 Artist Fellowship, the 2014 Menakka and Essel Bailey ’66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment at Wesleyan University, and a 2012 Artist Resource Trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Tina Willgren is a visual artist working primarily with video. She was born in Tierp, Sweden 1972, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden and received her M.A. degree at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm 2005. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: JIngled, Art Center Haihatus, Joutsa, Finland (solo); Video Visions, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia; and Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece.
John Mosher is a multi-media artist working in video, sound, and mixed media on paper. He is interested in creating narratives that weave across different mediums. His current narrative is based on characters he created called “The Chromanauts”. He received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Salisbury University, in Salisbury, Maryland.
About In(Site) Project at VisArts:
In(Site) Project at VisArts places contemporary art in non-traditional exhibition spaces. VisArts encourages active looking, sociability, interaction, and encounters with art in architectural spaces often considered “pass throughs” (hallways, atriums, lobbies, and windows). In(Site) Project features artists working in a variety of media.