Misdirect Movies

9/11/2013 - 1/12/2013
Opening times: Fri-Sun, 1-5pm

Artist Talk by Dave Griffiths, Sun 1st Dec, 3pm - free attendance

Artists: Rosa Barba, Andrew Bracey, Dave Griffiths, Cathy Lomax, Elizabeth McAlpine, David Reed and John Rimmer. Dave Griffiths, John Rimmer.

Misdirect Movies is an exhibition that explores new possibilities of collage using material gleaned from cinema. Meter Room, Coventry is the final leg of the exhibition tour that has visited The Royal Standard, Liverpool; Standpoint Gallery, London, and Greyfriars, Lincoln.

This exhibition has developed from the research interests and artworks of the curators, Andrew Bracey and John Rimmer. They both employ cinematic imagery to produce their art and play with new forms and received meaning. All the selected artists explore these ideas in diverse ways, to work with narrative and new forms of materiality. With access to the internet and the digitalisation of film, artists are now able to appropriate films to create different and innovative approaches to collage. The exhibition features a wide range of media, from projections and monitor-based work through to digital prints, artist’s books, painting and even a microfiche viewer.

The artists bridge the analogue and the digital, working with both the two modes. Rosa Barba exhibits every issue of Printed Cinema. These artist’s books have been published alongside her film projects and feature film stills, text and photographs. Andrew Bracey is interested in the power of the still image in film. Ensemble Cast is a new animation that features a cast of 1500 film stars reduced to one restlessly moving head. Dave Griffiths’ recent work dwells on the physical and fictive borders of cinema, often employing the projectionist’s cue dot to activate the narrative potential of marginal images. Cathy Lomax keeps an on-going visual diary of all the films that she has watched, selecting one image from each to make into a small, rapidly executed painting. Elizabeth McAlpine’s compiles the footage that a viewer did not see as they watched the Nicolas Roeg's cult thriller Don't Look Now, due to them blinking. David Reed's animation references John Ford's western The Searchers. It also recalls an earlier personal experience where the artist accidently discovered a cave used in the Ford’s film. In John Rimmer’s Conveyer (In Search of Station) the recognisability of the footage initially grabbed is overwhelmed by the compression and shifting of images into moving, digital, abstract paintings.

The exhibition has been supported by Arts Council England.