The pictorial unconscious - JACCO OLIVIER
Even though painting and moving image art do not represent space and time in the same way, in a significant part of the video production process, that has occurred from the origins of this medium until the present, emerges the 'pictorial unconscious' that becomes the principal leimotif of this exhibition.
Illumination, color, composition, iconography or staging inform us of a shared vocabulary between both mediums that are extremely interrelated in the works of current video artists in the Sorigué Collection, such as Bill Viola, William Kentridge, Marco Brambilla, Mat Collishaw, Jacco Olivier, Ger Van Elk or Marina Alexeeva, whose video creations establish a retroactive dialogue with some of the most esteemed works in the collections of theMuseu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
The film director Erick Rohmer put it very bluntly: “All organization of forms in the interior of a flat surface stems from prictorial art" and Nam June Paik, one of the pioneers of video art, expressed it in a comparable way: “In the same way that a collage has substituted oil painting, the cathode ray tube will replace the canvas".
In The pictorial unconscious, the video creations establish a retroactive dialogue with some of the most esteemed works in the collection of theMuseu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.