Timotheus Tomicek: Video Portraits

6 Apr

Video portraits, moving photographs, contemporary art, Tomicek, Volta 2012, cool artVideo portraits, moving photographs, contemporary art, Tomicek, Volta 2012, cool artVideo portraits, moving photographs, contemporary art, Tomicek, Volta 2012, cool artOne of my favorite exhibits at Volta last month was Viennese artist Timotheus Tomicek’s video portraits or moving photographs. In many cases these seemingly-still images are reminiscent of Renaissance paintings yet all have a subtle indication of modernity. Also, upon closer look, many of these are actually videos, where only the slightest of movement can be detected: a slight breeze, movement of water in a glass, or the shaking of a hand over a precariously balanced stack of dominoes. Though different in style, these works remind me of the wonderful VOOM Portraits by Robert Wilson exhibited five or so years ago, in concept.

You can see two of the moving photographs in action below, and more of Tomicek’s work, both still and moving, here and here. And more of his video portraits here.

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