Friday, October 23, 2009

Vernissages | NYC, Bill Viola "Bodies of Light"

The James Cohan Gallery presented Bill Viola's latest works of video art as well as several older pieces.
The work exhibited was clearly evocative of the artist's focus on art and spirituality; it included Viola's newest work the Transfiguration series, displayed on flat screens, and the New York premiere of Pneuma, a full room installation with monochromatic images. Pneuma is an ancient Greek word meaning soul and spirit, and also refers to the breath or vital energy.

All the works presented well represented the artist's "focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions."