24 February – 5 May 2018
David Claerbout is an internationally acclaimed video artist, known for his subtle manipulation of images and their not-so-simple construction. This exhibition presents six major works from the past 10 years. 'Radio Piece (Hong Kong)' (2015) and 'Travel' (1996 – 2013) demonstrate Claerbout’s engagement with the possibilities of new imaging technologies and the changing parameters of represented space. 'The Quiet Shore' (2011) offers images of a sandy beach in Brittany known for its strong tides and the villas that inspired Hitchcock’s house in Psycho. Focusing on a single captured moment in time – a group of people occupied by something and uncanny glass-like waters – it speaks to the history of photography and suspense. 'Long Goodbye' (2007) impossibly bridges two different temporalities, whilst 'Cat and Bird at Peace' (1996) provides a restrained commentary on expectation, also recalling Claerbout’s only other solo exhibition in Scotland in 2005.
Claerbout’s newest work, 'The Pure Necessity' (2016) enters a world of animation that is familiar to many of us. In it he has painstakingly re-animated the animals that are portrayed by the much-loved characters in Disney’s 1967 film The Jungle Book. Removing their human characteristics, Claerbout offers us a series of naturalistic encounters with the animals.
David Claerbout presents a thorough experience of an artist whose work can mesmerise and beguile. It concludes Talbot Rice Gallery’s year long season of film and is curated to coincide with the homecoming of Rachel Maclean’s vivid Scotland + Venice installation, Spite Your Face.
David Claerbout is one of the most acclaimed and innovative artists working in the realm of moving-images today. His oeuvre exists at the intersection of photography, film and digital animation and poses questions about the passage of time and how images construct realities. Approaching the increasingly sophisticated virtual worlds we now confront, Claerbout highlights the profound changes taking place in our culture, which sees capitalism and cutting-edge technologies collude to remake visual perception. Characterised by restraint, his work constitutes a careful and meditative space from which to engage with these issues and contemplate the nature of what we see.
Claerbout’s work is shown internationally, with upcoming exhibitions Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (July 14, 2018) and Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (September 20, 2018). His solo exhibitions include, Schaulager, Basel; MNAC, Barcelona (2017); Städel Museum, Frankfurt; KINDL, Berlin (2016); Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2015) Marabouparken Konsthall, Sundbybert, Sweden (2015); Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2014); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2013); Secession, Vienna, Austria (2012); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2011); WIELS, Brussels, Belgium (2011); De Pont museum of contemporary art, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2009); Pompidou Centre, Paris, France (2007). His work is included in a large number of major public collections across the world.
Born 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium, he now lives and works in Antwerp and Berlin.