Anna O’Sullivan : Michael Snow, The Viewing of Six New Works

6 looped video projections, silent

Greg Hermanovic (Derivative) – TouchDesigner recording technology

©Michael Snow. Courtesy of artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and the Butler Gallery

Photography by Roland Paschhoff,

Snow’s extensive and multidisciplinary career includes painting, sculpture, video, film, sound, photography, holography, drawing, writing, and music. His highly influential body of work, which spans more than five decades, explores the nature of perception, consciousness, language, and temporality.

Snow is one of the world’s leading experimental filmmakers, having inspired the Structural Film movement with his groundbreaking film Wavelength (1967).

The Viewing of Six New Works (2012) draws on Snow’s past work of examining the nature of perception and the physical relationship of the artwork to the viewer. Six projectors cast richly coloured monochrome geometries onto white walls. The rectangular shape elongates, rotates, and contorts into shapes that include trapezoid and rhombus. These transmuting light projections simulate the varying ways a person might look at a rectangular wall-mounted artwork by digitally mimicking and mirroring the movement of the eyes. There is a notable sense of play and experimentation in the way Snow relates what he is thinking in this conceptually pristine yet beautiful installation. “The work is an attempt to present only the movements of perception, not perception itself. The art of looking.” – Michael Snow

Exhibition on from August 6 – October 9, Butler Gallery

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