solo exhibition: bob meddings

November 17, 2009

Outside In

The moon revisited: real time video

There’s something about the moon. Resident of collective sub-consciousness and quietude, its perpetual waxing and waning forces us to question its significance in many aesthetic, environmental and cultural forms.

This real time video attempts to locate and suspend common thoughts with regard to art and locality. ‘Outside In’ pulls the viewer in for a closer look, where – flushed of colour and distraction – the only light is the shifting image of the moon and the reflections and shadows that are subsequently created in this immersive space.†

Tranquil window

14 minutes: time-lapse video

As night gives way to day – light tiptoes slowly in with a warm humility, to penetrate the room.

It took 6 months of early rising (4.59 a.m. to be precise) to film the perfect dawn. The work is unapologetic in that it was conceived in loss, shifting emotions and saying goodbyes. An hour condensed into 14 minutes – all that is asked of the viewer for this time-lapse piece – is the investment of time.

november 2009.

 

Bob Meddings
November 2009

Luz de Luna –  Revisited. Outside In: Real time video

There’s something about the moon. Resident of collective
sub-consciousness and quietude, its perpetual waxing and waning forces
us to question its significance in many aesthetic, environmental and
cultural forms.

This real time video attempts to locate and suspend common thoughts
with regard to art and locality.  ‘Outside In’ pulls the viewer in for
a closer look, where – flushed of colour and distraction – the only
light is the shifting image of the moon and the reflections and shadows
that are subsequently created in this immersive space.

Exhibition runs from Monday 9th to Sat 14th November.
Private viewing: Thursday 12th Nov, 5pm -10pm
blink gallery, Unit One, City Arcade, Coventry

film piece by bob meddings

November 4, 2009

We have just installed a beautiful film piece by bob meddings!!

I’m teaching the 1st year BA Lens-based Media project at Coventry University, and after 3 weeks of focused engagement felt the students and I would benefit from working outside the studio environment.  The reasons were two-fold really, one, to give them a change of space, and two, to shake them out of their familiar procedures and help mix up their thinking.   The idea was to act out some artistic intervention which does tend to get the ol’ creative juices flowing.

So, I took them to our blink premises in the City Arcade, and initially talked with them about the current work on show.  The work links directly to their lens-based projects and transformative processes, and we talked about how the images began as cinematic imagery, photography and stylised drawings, and then underwent several processes of transformation.  There were many questions…

The group then settled in and swapped their work to physically intervene with each other’s images by using familiar and unfamiliar techniques.  We discussed how intervention into someone else’s work can be useful in urging potentially untapped, feared, unfamiliar, unconscious approaches to the image surface, and can therefore be applied to their own work.  Some found it difficult to invade into another’s created image – this teased out some interesting points of view – in fact, many and varied observations were offered up.

I’m hoping this exercise has freed up their heads and will somehow inform their presentations next week, but I’m guessing the actual highlight of the session was that I suggested we break for lunch early…!

laura dean

BA students working on and discussing their intervention into each others work…