Artist Project: Shalom Gorewitz
Still from the video Constricted Light
Shalom Gorewitz, 2003.
Since the late 1960s, Shalom Gorewitz (1949-) has been a video pioneer who has worked with prototype and low-end electronic equipment to realize painterly, poetic and political works of art. After studies with Allan Kaprow and Nam June Paik at the California Institute of the Arts, Gorewitz began collaborating with poets and performers on multi-channel installations and single-channel videos. In addition to his ongoing video production, Gorewitz has created digital prints and web-based work. He was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in New York and the Beersheva Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited at Bonner Kunstverein (Germany), the Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh), The Jewish Museum, Kowasaki Museum (Tokyo), and three Whitney Biennials. Gorewitz is a Professor of Visual Arts at Ramapo College in New Jersey.
Screenshot Constricted Light, 2003.
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Inspired by the references to visual perception in the Zohar—a 13th century kabbalistic novel considered to be one of the world’s most important religious texts—the video Constricted Light (U.S., 2003, 8 min.) explores concepts of illumination, both literal and metaphorical. According to Gorewitz, “This eight minute video contemplates darkness, light, and the source of illumination. To the sounds of ocean waves, a series of eclipse like events, the screen is almost dark, clouds are illuminated from behind. Figures run past villages built in the sand. A dog poses and guards at the edge of the water, alert to the wind's passage.”
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