editor art review
Drowning in Newcastle.
Fathom is like taking a visual dip into the deep blue sea. All of the
pieces in this well-curated group show of sound and video installations
play with the idea of water. Rooms are filled with the sound of splashes
and deep booms. Digital waves are projected onto walls. Horses swimming
are projected next to synchronised swimmers.
The piece that dominates the exhibition is The Messenger by Bill Viola.
Although some of his recent work has resembled a bad acting class in slow
motion, the piece he shows here is fascinating. A man falls back into
water, his body slowly covered with pale blue ripples of water. He
continuously recedes into the liquid, his naked form becoming more and
more abstract as he sinks. The viewer canít help but hold his/her breath
waiting for him to come up for air. But instead he fades away, a blurry
speck in a screen of black darkness.
21 July 05
Fathom is at the Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne,
until 20 August 05.