Wednesday 29 September 2010


Dear readers

Thank you for coming back. I realise Monday's post might have been a bit of an overload.

As an antidote, can I recommend Alex Monteith's show at the Govett Brewster.

Composition with RNZAF 3 squadron Exercise Blackbird for three-channel video installation from Alex Monteith on Vimeo.

I ducked in for literally 5 minutes yesterday afternoon, and I wonder if in its compressed intense way that may have been the perfect visit duration. The GBAG has given over almost its entire space* to Monteith's video works, which are spaciously laid out through the galleries (a nice change from the smushed-in shows that have been a bit of a characteristic of late). Video art is often tucked away somewhat apologetically behind buffered walls to prevent sound leakage: here, the sounds of whirring rotors and screaming motors reverberate through the dimmed-out galleries, creating an experience of pure visual and aural (over)stimulation. Occasionally a bit of that is good for you.

*The sampling of pop and pop-ish works from the collection tucked away into the corridor space between the lift and the entrance to the Len Lye gallery felt unnecessary, and also jarred you out of the full immersion experience of Monteith's work.

Also - Monteith's website is terrific.

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