[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Van McElwee — Reconstructions: The Video Image Outside of Time

Artist Statement

The frozen electronic image has a temporal, tactile quality that is peculiar to the medium, and unattainable by any other means. In this work, movement of the video camera around and through buildings allows the “collaging” into one frame of multiple points of view. The viewer has the unusual opportunity of examining the stills, while hearing and seeing the highly kinetic videotape from which the stills were captured. This work adds a new facet to both mediums, creating a form of conceptual architecture.

  • Van McElwee (USA) has been producing and exhibiting experimental video since 1976 and been the recipient of numerous grants in Britain.┬áHis videotapes have been screened widely in the United States, as well as in Europe, and are distributed worldwide by The Kitchen in New York, Heure Exquise! in France, and London Electronic Arts in Britain.