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Cinematic Visions at Victoria Miro

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Painting at the edge of reality
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Sandrop Kopp, 'Ambassador', 2013. Courtesy the Artist Sandro Kopp

Every film starts with a drawing, whether it be concept art, a storyboard, or CG. But the transition between the two can be fraught with difficulties. Transforming a two-dimensional static sketch into a translatable moving image on screen is no easy task; artists and filmmakers have to work together in order to meld the two mediums together.

In an exhibition that lasts until 3rd August, the Victoria Miro Gallery explores the on-going dialogue between cinema and visual art. Cinematic Visions: Painting at the edge of Reality brings together the work of almost thirty leading artists, including those who were at their peak during the twentieth century, to the younger generation, growing up in an age of technological dependency. The exhibition looks at themes such as time, technology, narrative, memory, and their impact upon contemporary painting.

From canvas to photography to digital art, discover the changing face of art, and the influence of cinematic technology. Consider the differences between film and drawing: one captures an image instantaneously, the other can take hours, days, or months. One is dynamic and constantly changing, the other static, stuck to a single moment in time.

While at first, this makes film appear to have the advantage, paintings can deliver many layers under the surface of the original image. Abstraction, surrealism, hyper-realism, all have hidden meanings waiting to be unearthed. In this way, the exhibit challenges you to see the cinematic in the stationary.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 3rd Aug
Phone: 44 (0)20 7336 8109
Where: Wharf Road
Cost: Free
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