Yvonne Rainer and her ways of exhibiting Film

Yvonne Rainer is an artist who I have referenced in my work because of her relevance to my theme and method. Rainer made a hand film which she has exhibited as part of her projects throughout her career.

As a film artist, I wanted to explore how this artist exhibit her film work. I researched her work and came across the Raven Row Gallery in London which has exhibited her work. The website shows her film in the exhibition space played from a projector, on a white table with white walls. Why so much white? The film is in black and white with little contrast. Exhibiting like this gives the film a presence in the space but does not force a strong awareness of the film to the audience.  By doing this the audience does not walk into a cinematic viewing for the film and so it is almost as though it is part of daily life. This also means the film is not obvious within the exhibition and yet still a part of it. There are actually two films in this exhibition both within a white back drop. By changing the colour of the walls around the film also changes the concept away from the rest of the work in the gallery so by keeping it the same, keeps the concept in the mind of the audience the same.

Yvonne Rainer. Lives of Performers, 1972, Digital. Black and White
Yvonne Rainer. Hand Movie. 1996. Digital. Black and white

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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