What is art?
WELL-KNOWN island film and video artist Simon Buttimore has produced an exciting new exhibition to be launched at the Sayle Gallery tomorrow (Friday).
The exhibition, which will include interactive, immersive film installations, animations and live streaming from locations across the island and the UK, will intrigue and delight anyone who is interested in how film and similar genres can be perhaps the most immediate and confrontational of art forms.
Simon, a Sayle Galley Artist and a member of the Retina group, has co-opted many of his friends and collaborators to contribute to This is Art.
Simon is fascinated with the way film and video can be influenced by earlier art movements while subverting them into a very 21st century movement of its own and Retina, which is a group of VJ artists interested in sound and vision, special effects processing and video art installation is a part of this.
Members of the Retina Group include Ally Robertson, Danny Kneale, Andrew ‘Otty’ Ottin, Martin ‘Ingy’ Kerr, Gypo Buggane of Ballagroove Records, Elli Kelly and ‘Smeg McSmeg’.
‘There is more to “art” than paintings on walls,’ said Simon.
‘You won’t see my films, my installations, in someone’s living room, but my work is a valid art form which I believe can excite imaginations, encourage others to experiment with their own art, and show that there is a thriving contemporary art scene here in the Isle of Man, but perhaps not where you expect to see it.
‘I hope that art lovers, and those who are intrigued by what they might see, will come along to the exhibition and enjoy it.’
Sayle Gallery volunteer Suzy Holland added: ‘This is Art is full of fascinating pieces of video and installation art, so not exactly “buyer friendly”, but we do have DVD copies of Simon’s recent film Mooncalf, costing £5, which is a great way of enjoying Simon’s work at home.’
This is Art is sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council and continues until Sunday, February 24.
The Sayle Gallery is in the Villa Marina Arcade, on Harris Promenade, Douglas.
It is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 1.30pm – 4.30pm on Sundays, and 1pm – 5pm on Mondays.
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