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Bill Viola ~ Being Time

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, 19 June - 5 September 2009

Bill Viola, Ascension, 2000, Color video projection on wall in dark room

The Pier Arts Centre is a Scottish Arts Council Foundation Funded organisation and is showing Bill Viola's ~Being Time

Introduction

Bill Viola ~ Being Time is part of the ARTIST ROOMS tour. The tour, with The Art Fund supported by the Scottish Government, is an inspired partnership with the UK’s independent art charity and national government enabling Tate and National Galleries of Scotland to display ARTIST ROOMS throughout the UK.

Bill Viola, Catherine's Room, 2001, Color video polyptych on five LCD flat panels mounted on wall

The support of The Art Fund and the Scottish Government enables Tate and National Galleries of Scotland to fulfil the vision for this extraordinary collection: that it should be shared nationwide with a particular emphasis on inspiring young people.

Bill Viola, Catherine's Room, 2001, Color video polyptych on five LCD flat panels mounted on wall

Bill Viola, Silent Mountain, 2001, Color video diptych on two plasma displays mounted side-by-side on wall

Neil Firth, Director of the Pier Arts Centre said “We are delighted to be bringing the work of Bill Viola to audiences in Orkney. Bill Viola is one of the worlds leading contemporary artists.

His work in film and video is profoundly beautiful and touches on universal human experiences: it is uncompromising yet compassionate and enthralling.”

ARTIST ROOMS

The Pier Arts Centre is part of a network of national and regional organisations taking part in ARTIST ROOMS on Tour.

Throughout 2009, museums and galleries across the UK will be showing over 30 ARTIST ROOMS; a new national collection created by the dealer and collector Anthony d’Offay, jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

This is the first time a national collection has been shared and shown simultaneously across the UK, and has only been made possible through the exceptional generosity of independent charity The Art Fund, and within Scotland, the Scottish Government. Anthony d’Offay’s guiding principle for the creation of ARTIST ROOMS was the concept of individual rooms devoted to particular artists.

Bill Viola, Silent Mountain, 2001, Color video diptych on two plasma displays mounted side-by-side on wall

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The Pier Arts Centre will be combining two works from the ARTIST ROOMS Collection with two additional works by the artist.

Bill Viola has been creating emblematic installations in video and sound for over 35 years.  He pioneered the development of video art in the USA in the 1970s and his work is now highly regarded around the globe.

Bill Viola, Four Hands, 2001, Black-and-white video polyptych on four LCD flat panels mounted on The works in the exhibition are from the Passions Series: an exploration of human emotions about suffering and transcendence, inspired in large part by Viola’s study of devotional paintings of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance.

The exhibition opens at the Pier Arts Centre on Friday 19 June and runs until Saturday 5 September 2009. Admission to the Pier Arts Centre is free.

The exhibition will include the works “Four Hands” and “Catherine’s Room” from the ARTIST ROOMS Collection plus “Ascension” and “Silent Mountain” on loan from the Bill Viola Studio.

 
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