Bill Viola | the artist




The artist Bill Viola
Born Jan 25 1951, New York, USA.

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video artist, born in 1951. he grew up in both queens and westbury new york and received his bfa in experimental studios from syracuse university in 1973. after graduating he worked in florence, italy for 18 months as technical director of production at art/tapes/22, one of the first video art studios in europe. he later traveled to record traditional performing arts in the solomon islands, java, bali, and japan. in 1977 viola was invited by cultural arts director kira perov to show his videos at la trobe university in australia. a year later, perov moved to new york, where she and viola married
For The Quintet of the Silent, Bill Viola assembled five actors in a composition that recalls a Renaissance painting. He instructed the performers “to show pressure, tension, and stress in a general arc of emotion as it enters, manifests, and leaves the body.” Viola filmed their interpretation of this instruction in one minute in real time, but the final work is stretched over a fifteen-minute continuous loop….
Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat) almost magically captures the optical and acoustic distortions of nature. Focused on landscape, the video work dwells briefly on the snowy plains of midwestern America and Saskatchewan, then abruptly switches to the arid Tunisian desert. Viola investigates the world of illusion and how it is made…
Going Forth By Day is a five-part projected digital-image cycle that explores themes of human existence: individuality, society, death, rebirth. The work is experienced architecturally, with all five image sequences playing simultaneously in one large gallery…


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