Bill ViolaJohn Kaldor Family Collection artist room
Bill Viola is renowned as a pioneer of video art. Over five decades his work has explored themes including sensory perception, the mediating effects of technology and fundamental aspects of the human experience.
In the 1970s, Viola was active in experimenting with new technologies and throughout his career he has progressively pioneered the use of video in the realm of art. He was an early adoptor of the portable colour video camera and among the first artists to engage with computer editing techniques. Later, he utilised low-light and infrared video cameras as well as medical imaging and videodisc technologies before progressing, in his more recent work, to the use of 35mm high-speed film and high-definition video.
This display from the Art Gallery of NSW, which includes the John Kaldor Family Collection, features significant video works by Viola.
The exhibition at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre also includes the video work Railings by Francis Alÿs.
Bill Viola Six heads 2000 (detail) © Bill Viola