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).
August 22, 1999 |
As a student at Syracuse University in the early '70s, artist Bill Viola pursued two passions: music and video. He studied with avant-garde pianist and composer David Tudor, even playing in some of Tudor's electronic music concerts, and he encountered pioneers in the genre like composer Edgard Varese. Simultaneously, he immersed himself in the emerging field of video art, ultimately becoming one of its premier practitioners. But he refused to bring the two art forms together.