Videographs by Joseph Farbrook

Art - Exhibit

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - Friday, October 15, 2010

George C. Gordon Library
Class of '41 Gallery, 3rd floor

The videograph project was originally conceived as a reaction to the inherent sterility of digital artwork. Although digital art can be fascinating technologically, it generally lacks presence of the artist. For this reason it often fails to move a viewer emotionally and the communication between the artist and viewer is missing.
Exploring a solution to this dilemma, the first set of videographs began as moving portraiture. Subjects were asked to look into the camera lens and stare at their reflection in the glass. They were then asked to look at this reflection and focus on the love that they feel for themselves, their blessings and accomplishments, the beauty in their own image. Simply, they were asked to look upon their reflection with love. The videos that were recorded during these moments were then processed into seamless loops and displayed on flatscreens embedded in standard picture frames, borrowing from the aesthetic of standard portrait photography. As the viewer stands in front of the video portrait confronting the moving image, they are looked upon with love as it emanates from the subjects eyes and face. Although the viewer is a stand-in for the subject's own reflection, the love is real nonetheless. Other videographs have involved visceral fragmentations of expressive features of the face and body, invocations of sense memory, and most recently animations mixed with flashing text. There are still many avenues that I have yet to explore with this format and there are still many ways in which it must be possible to instill presence of the author within digital works so that they may wield the same power and movement and to be considered in the same regard as paintings and sculptures and other traditional forms of art.

Suggested Audiences: Adult, College, High School, Middle School

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Last Modified: October 4, 2010 at 7:07 AM

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