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February 13, 2010
Round Five tends to bring out the worst in people or does it bring out the more competitive side? It’s hard to tell, but for Cam, Round 5 brings a cross, cross jab from Lisa. But does he get knocked out?
Lisa chose two pieces in an attempt to assert more influence over the competition after Cam chose two pieces that were not included in the permanent collection.
Her first choice Floating in Space by Angelina Voskoupoulou. She felt that the Godwin piece was becoming less and less integrated into the exhibition. Lisa felt that the piece was almost being forgotten about which was a challenge that they had been dealing with for several days, almost since the very first selection was made. She felt that the piece was being over powered and losing its presence in the room.
After being impressed by how a video could really add to an exhibition, something that she had never really thought of or dealt with, she decided to choose a Voskopoulou piece that Cam had shown at one of the gallery’s past video screenings.
She chose this video in particular because of its surreal underwater shots, the organic flow that would connect it to the flow of water in the Godwin piece. Lisa also felt that it would animate the faces in the sculptural component of The Cantoria of Anger, No. 2, 1998-99 as though the faces were coming out of water for breath.
In one sense Lisa toyed with the idea of turning the sound down on this Voskopoulou piece for fear that it would interfere with the noise from Skin, the other piece by the same artist. Cam, argued that this would be the same as cutting a sculpture in half or putting a coloured gel over a painting as a video is meant to be viewed as a whole if that is the intent of the artist.
Here they delved into a curatorial conversation about the difficulties with using a new media component in a group showing. Lisa found it very uncanny how the pieces do not conflict, but rather work together to give an ethereal layering effect that is actually quite beautiful. They both reffered to one of the past exhibits “Interplay”, in particular the Robochorus by Michael Waterman. In that work, Waterman had layered audio of a literal robot chorus in the same space. Seeing that working with new media in a such a way is a real possibility they agreed that seeing Waterman do it really broadened their capacity and understanding of how new media can work in a space as well as in a group exhibition.
February 13, 2010
The second day begins the day of responses. Cam and Lisa, now forced to decide how to respond to the others moves choose pieces that reflect the previous persons decision. Here’s what happened in the next instalment of the ‘smackdown.’
Cam [Skin by Angelina Voskopoulou 2009]
Cam chose a short film, Skin by Angelina Voskopoulou as his response to Lisa’s selection of the Boyle work. At first casual and sly about what he was going to choose, Cam soon emerged with a screen and dvd player. The three of us gathered around to watch Voskopoulou’s warm red and yellow imagery of a person searching for the other half of themselves through poetry (written in greek), music & images of arms and legs encompassed in what appeared to be a womb.
Cam discussed the comparison of how Voskopoulou is looking for her ‘twin’ almost in Skin and how in Vincent by Boyle, the piece seems to be missing it’s twin, or the shadow that would normally fill in where the canvas has been left clean.
Cam, seemingly distressed about the fact that he could not find a connection between the two pieces beyond their aesthetic similarities, opened up a conversation about the practice of curating.
Lisa described the curatorial process as one that keeps the public in mind as well as the show as a whole. A show should affect the public on multiple levels: thematically, aesthetically and intellectually. The piece of art itself is simply the starting point. A curator needs to think about the art, how people will experience it, what the artist was intending to say and what works should be placed next to it in order to say what the curator wants to convey. Much of the time, the artist themselves have no consciousness of what their art can become or what it will become.
The sparkle is there when you meet the artist in person, in the subtle presence that wins you over, calmly accepting the respect and attention she deserves. The focused serious young woman and the little girl coexist, making communication interesting and fresh. Her innate inner calm has its own disarming way of becoming challenging or provocative and her broad minded views are exhibited again in this subtle “matter of fact” fashion.
Angelina is totally unaware of all this as she goes about her life of a devoted artist.
In explaining the reason you chose to present her work at Gallery Lambton and the purpose it served, you have touched upon what Angelina’s work attempts to do. Her digitally rendered art is each time a unique celebration, beautifully combining movement, color and sound that fascinates and intrigues senses and mind. Feelings, ideas, and man’s eternal quests are magically and masterly addressed and brought together, transcending barriers and categorization. “It’s all Greek to me” no more. by Theofani Alexakou-Loumidis February 18, 2010 at 7:53 am Your comment is awaiting moderation.
I have seen or I should say experienced most of angelina’s works. All of them embody the sensitivity of her personality and the poetry of her character. The way she manipulates the colours, and the musical background she uses succeed in giving this new medium of expression a new dimension that appeals directly to the senses and touches deeply the human soul.
Her passion for this form of artistic expression is clearly expressed when she teaches video art. Turning thoughts into images, speaking out loud without the use of language, she teaches us to respect art as THE only universal medium that has the capacity to pass and spread messages across in the most creative way.
Angelina’s work exhibited at Lambton’s gallery in combination with the other exhibits must have been a wonderful experience. I wish I were there.
By Anna Sarlis (comment on Lambton Gallery’s web blog)