. December 26, 2016

Drawn from the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection in Istanbul, Turkey, an exhibition of time-based works by artists Jim Campbell, Antti Laitinen, Joanie Lemercier, and Rick Silva is on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) through March 26, 2017. Moving Image: Landscape, the first in a series of four consecutive exhibitions presented at UMMA, reveals how these artists use dynamic technologies—including digitized images and video—to explore the genre. The exhibition is organized by Kathleen Forde, Borusan Contemporary’s Artistic Director at Large.

Jim Campbell, Seal Rock, 2010, LEDs, custom electronics, Duratrans, treated Plexiglass, edition 2/3. Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul. Courtesy of the artist and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Jim Campbell, a San Francisco-based artist, began his artistic career in filmmaking but switched to electronic sculpture in 1990 and started making his iconic LED matrix works in 2000. Campbell’s recent body of work, including Seal Rock (2010), presents pixilated images of landscapes created with grids of LEDs. The low-resolution LEDs create a tension between representation and abstraction, forcing viewers to find new ways to identify and interpret what they are seeing.
In the multi-channel video, It’s My Island (2007), Finnish artist Antti Laitinen builds his own island in the Baltic Sea by dragging two hundred sand bags into the water over a period of three months. The work explores ideas of nationality, citizenship, and identity as the artist creates his own single-citizen micro-nation. Laitinen’s previous work includes sculpture, performance, and art installation.

French artist Joanie Lemercier’s work is primarily focused on projections of light in space and its influence on our perception. His computer-generated print Landform 10 (2015), uses patterns of black dots and projected light to create the illusion of three-dimensionality and movement when seen from a distance. The effects are more realistic than a still image, but still unsettlingly artificial.

Oregon-based Rick Silva is an artist whose recent videos, websites, and images explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. Silva’s Render Garden (2014) a single-channel “Realtime 3D” video, explores the digitized landscape, including remix and glitch (data bending) aesthetics, through software that endlessly generates new plant combinations.

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