Video Art

Some good news recently for Australian Video Artists….there is now such a thing as Video Art!

Recently a slo-mo five minute film of a guy skating at Bondi Beach, with a stormy sea as a backdrop, became the first video artwork to be auctioned in Australia. It was sold at Sotheby’s for $84,000. more info here and here

This is fantastic, video being recognised as an art form! I can assure you I will be trying my hand at this video art game, although, unlike the above artist, Shaun Gladwell, I haven’t spent years at University to become an Artist so may not be able to bluff my way into the art world!

I find the explanation of what the video represents by Peter Fay, who commissioned the piece, rather amusing:

‘it becomes almost a pointillist, almost an impressionist painting, as the blurring, still with this figure eternally circling almost like an angel or some celestial body ready to return to another void; to another planet; to another world.

And taking its leave in this last gyration, which just goes on, and on, and on. It’s quite mesmeric, quite simple in its dynamic, and yet the poetry and the intensity, and the sense of drama that is captured.’

I think I have found my own undiscovered artist, a homeless man living in Los Angeles.

Below is a video he made which I believe is true art, here is my attempt to ‘artspeak’ about the piece:

Marquis de Jolie, the poet laureate of the disenfranchised. His video piece ‘The Mad Turk’ encapsulates the artist’s struggle. The beat voiceover, recorded in the depths of the city’s underbelly, has a niggling alter ego, whispering sweet evils, ‘Give up, Give up!’.

The Giant Rat, a dream, the willowing footage, glimmering like a mirage. The improbable, moving further and further out of frame, juxtapositioning with the dragstrip analogies.
Desire and Chance….spinning out of reach.


The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung (1875 – 1961)

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