Nan Hoover/Bill Viola. The exhibition presents a precise selection of photographs and video works by the two acclaimed American artists, whose main themes since the beginning of their artistic careers have been light and movement and the visualization of time, capturing the flow of time and seemingly freezing it. While Viola has exerted significant influence on other artists with his spectacular scenarious, Hoover's work has left its mark on young artists mainly through her teaching at the Duesseldorf Arts Academy.
curated by René Schmitt
“Some Times” presents a precise selection of photographs and video works by the two acclaimed American artists, whose main themes since the beginning of their artistic careers have been light and movement and the visualization of time, capturing the flow of time and seemingly freezing it. While Bill Viola, who is 20 years younger than Hoover, has gained international fame with his technically elaborate, sometimes disturbing video installations, the career of Nan Hoover, who now lives in Berlin, has progressed more quietly despite numerous exhibitions in international galleries and museums – a difference which can also be said to characterize the two artists’ individual approaches. While Bill Viola has exerted significant influence on other artists with his spectacular scenarious, Nan Hoover’s work has left its mark on young artists mainly through her teaching at the Duesseldorf Arts Academy, where she succeeded Nam June Paik as professor. She also taught the newly established media art class at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg.
The exhibition “Some Times” features five projections of the video artist Bill Viola: “Information” (1973, color, mono, 29.35 min.), “Memory Surface and Mental Prayers” (1977, compilation of video films, color, mono, total duration: 28 min.), “Chott el-Djerid – A Portrait in Light and Heat” (1979, colour, mono, 28 min.), “Sodium Vapor” (1979, colour, stereo, 15.14 min.) and “The Passing” (1991, b/w, mono, 54 min.) Multimedia artist Nan Hoover - who was originally a painter before moving on to performance, film, video and photography, later also to sculpture and from there “back” to drawing – is represented in the exhibition with approx. 40 photographic works created between 1978 and 2007 and with the video diptych “Doors”. In 2003 the two artists were featured in a very similar exhibition organised at the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany.
Guest curator of the exhibition is René Schmitt from Frankfurt, Germany; at the MdM Mönchsberg the exhibition is curated by Margit Zuckriegl. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated 40-page catalogue with contributions by Peter Joch, René Schmitt and others. The catalogue is available at the museum shop for the price of 10 Euro.
Image: Nan Hoover
Presse: Christine Forstner
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Mediatour: Wed, 19 March 2008, 11 a.m.
Opening: Wed, 19 March 2008, 7 p.m.
Museum der Moderne
Moenchsberg 32 - Salzburg