January 28, 2007 |
One saturday at his Signal Hill studio, where it's so quiet you can hear the oil derricks churn 200 yards away, Bill Viola is speaking to 20 undergraduates from Art Center. The weather outside is soft and smoggy, and the light is druggy-tropical--a good day for some students in Converse sneakers to plop down on pause before their real careers begin.
November 28, 2004 |
In a darkened editing bay at a Hollywood postproduction studio a couple of weeks ago, video artist Bill Viola was playing with fire.
January 28, 2003 |
When the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels opened in September with its pallid array of commissioned art, I couldn't help wondering how different it might have been had Bill Viola been invited to contribute a work. Viola's art is determinedly secular, not religious, but an absence of doctrinal divinity does not equate with a lack of spiritual power.
January 26, 2003 |
Something very strange is going on in Bill Viola's new video, "Emergence." It isn't just that the 6 1/2-foot-square, rear-projection piece -- which went on view this weekend in "Bill Viola: The Passions" at the J. Paul Getty Museum -- resembles a luminous Old Master painting. Viola has been poking around in art history for several years.
December 29, 2002 |
Bill Viola Video artist The mystery of human consciousness has been at the center of Viola's art for 30 years. Thirteen video works, all new since the L.A. artist's terrific midcareer survey at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1997, make up the international touring show "Bill Viola: The Passions," organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum (Jan. 24-Apr. 27).
December 23, 2001
Sept. 11 wasn't the only event to shape the arts and entertainment world in 2001. But it had far-reaching reverberations, beyond delayed season premieres, dark stages, thwarted logistics and fluctuating movie schedules. For many, it provided a test of will: the will to create, the will to perform, the will to interpret, the will to keep on.