Video works span diversity of life

A series of short videos first shown on ABC Television’s rage program will be screened at the DELL Gallery, Queensland College of Art from June 20 to July 22.

ARTIST MAKES VIDEO: art rage survey 1994-1998 features more than 80 of Australia’s best known contemporary artists who were commissioned by independent curator, Kim Machan, to produce video works for the late night music video show.

Exhibition coordinator Jo Duke said the videos had never been viewed together since they first came into people’s lounge rooms in the 1990s.

“A milestone in the history of video art, some of the works explore their creators’ personal lives while others document contemporary art practice and events,” she said.

“The video works span a diverse range of issues including the politics of identity, sex, economics and society.

“A number focus on the new technologies of the time, ranging in tone from those that are relatively confronting to those that explore banality.”

From the 1994 works to those created in 1998, there is a clear evolution in the medium with a noticeable sophistication in the practice of manipulating film, animation and digital editing.

Featured artists include Queensland College of Art (QCA) Deputy Director Associate Professor Jay Younger and Fine Art lecturer Robert Mercer, QCA alumnus Gordon Bennett, renowned Australian artists Dale Frank, John Gillies, Ian Howard, Susan Norrie, Mike Parr and many more.

The works, originally viewed on rage are from the Griffith University Art Collection. The 1994 and 1996 artworks for television tapes were acquired by the university with the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council.

WHAT:ARTIST MAKES VIDEO/art rage survey 1994-1998

WHEN: June 20-July 22

WHERE: Dell Gallery @ QCA, 226 Grey Street, South Bank