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Open is a London gallery dedicated to the video painting: a new form of video art developed by the Artscape Project.

The origins of the Artscape Project can be found in 2001 when the first video paintings were shot by Hilary Lawson, a philosopher and documentary film maker, in an attempt to escape the limitations of the traditional video narrative. Subsequently, a collective of artists, including William Raban, Sanchita Islam, Nina Danino, Tina Keane, and Isabelle Inghilieri, was formed to develop the video painting medium.

Video paintings are filmed in a single take with a stationary camera. They contain no edits or subsequent manipulation. Video paintings show the world in real time. The video painting is non-narrative. There is no dialogue, no sound. In contrast to the film and video tradition which has been dominated by the provision of meaning and understanding, the video painting aims to escape our cultural and perceptual closures, freeing the viewer to play in the openness of the image.

Lawson's philosophical approach and aesthetic theory led him to seek ways to explore being independent of the cultural accident of our particular understanding. It is the abandonment of narrative which enables the video painting to explore the character of experience. Through the video painting the artist leads us into a way of seeing which has no determinable meaning but which carries a unique emotional hue. Video paintings challenge us to let go of the endless search for closure or understanding and approach instead what it is to experience the world.

In 2003, technology was developed that enables video paintings to be combined into collections in such a manner that they play in intelligent sequences, according to criteria determined by the artists. Unlike traditional video art, the collections are thereby freed from the necessity to loop, however long they play. Thereby overcoming the issue of repetition which has constrained the potential of video art.

Since 2004 a growing number of artists have become involved in the project, exploring the potential of the video painting and the collections that can be built from them.

Open Gallery launched in 2005 and the first public installation took place in the UK later in the same year. Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (2006), the Sketch gallery (2007), the Hayward Gallery (2007), the Institue of Art and Ideas (2008&9) and Shunt Vaults (2009) have followed.
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Open Gallery represents the artists of the Artscape Project, who since 2001 have been pioneering the video painting: a medium that is beginning to revolutionise moving imagery.
Artists I like
Alex Bettler
Alys Williams
Gabrielle Le Bayon
Hilary Lawson
Isabelle Inghilleri
Mark Nelson
Sanchita Islam
Sarah Turner
Tina Keane
William Raban
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Open Gallery: Video Painting

125 Old Broad Street


Foyer display of large scale vidoe projections.
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Jasmina Metwaly wins Open Prize 2010

Over 450 people attended the Nicholls and Clarke Warehouse, East London, for the Open Prize private view on Thursday 22nd July, including representatives from the Gagosian, Sotheby's, the South Bank Centre, the Tate and the Barbican. The international media came out in full force, with art correspondents from Icon, The Guardian, Spears, Art Review, Blueprint, Aesthetica and Art Facts all in attendance.

Open Gallery received in excess of 300 entries for the prize of which 10 were… Continue

Posted on August 3, 2010 at 8:00

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At 12:17 on January 23, 2012, Maggy Milner said…

Hello and thank you for your invitation. As a still photographer I have become very interested in moving image and a still camera. It is good to find fellow artists. Maggy


At 21:09 on May 21, 2011, Ekrem Fetić said…
the effect is true
At 8:49 on September 13, 2010, N.S.VALLUVAN said…
At 11:36 on July 22, 2010, moira said…
somewhere over the rainbow
At 19:13 on June 23, 2010, Lanza Martineta said…
brilliant- now meet equally interesting. www.lanzamartineta.com

i live on photoshop and am a pro photographer- would love to see my work like this, what projectors do you recommend and what costs are incurred canyouc@hotmail.com

kind Regards Lanza Martineta based in Cheshire and quickly getting more and more well known.
At 23:41 on June 22, 2010, Matthew Thomas said…
Your group sounds like the direction I am going in my work. However I use my abstract still images in the same way and add transitions randomly. There is no sound or narrative, all images are video paintings of abstract photos, more than a slideshow!
Would my work qualify me to join your group?

At 21:02 on June 22, 2010, Mik Godley said…
Hello - why not try this: -
I think it might count?
Cheers, Mik


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