Cameraman (2011) and Control Structure (2008) have been acquired into the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
A presentation of cinematic obsessions by self confessed cinefiles Kate Jinx and Sam Smith
Video installation artist Sam Smith explores the history of films about filmmaking. From Buster Keaton's The Cameraman via French New Wave classics Le Mépris and Le Nuit Americaine to later films which include The State of Things, Living in Oblivion and The Player, Smith will reflect on how celluloid depicts the film apparatus that creates it.
For Objects and Slides, Sam Smith continues his investigation into the apparatus of cinema as a sculptural form and the (de)construction of time and space within this. The exhibition is comprised of a suite of newly cast sculptures and a slide carousel projection, which Smith views as an extension of the studio work made for his two-channel video installation Cameraman 2011. And as such, the objects made for Cameraman are brought from the screen and into the gallery space. In playing with this idea of cinema as three-dimensional, Smith fractures and distorts the image of the camera lens whilst rendering it solid through the casting process. Also featured is a photographic sequence titled Time-lapse 2011 depicting Cameraman’s central sculpture in various states of degradation, introducing the concept of time to this static sequence.
Sam Smith will install Video Camera [HDW-F900/3] (2007) in Motion / Pictures at the former Paramount Pictures Building. This group show, curated by Joseph Allen Shea (director of Gallery A.S.), considers the influence of cinema and the moving image upon the visual arts.
With works spanning painting, video, film, photography, site-specific murals and neon, sculpture, drawing, performance and collage the exhibition considers the retired glamour of the silver screen and the crumble of old Hollywood with the ascension/descension of video and the internet.
Sam Smith leads a one-day video workshop where participants will look at green screen compositing, motion tracking and basic editing to create a simple video. The day will also include tours of the exhibitions Sam Smith: Cameraman and Unguided tours: Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts 2011.
Duration 6 hours
Location: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of New South Wales
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View an alternative, single-channel version of ‘Cameraman’, specifically edited for a cinema environment. As an adjunct to his exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where Cameraman manifests as a two-channel video installation, Smith will present limited screenings of a unique single-channel version of the work, offering audiences an alternative perspective on the narrative and aesthetic experience of Cameraman, specifically edited for a cinema environment.
Duration 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Wednesday 8 June 2011, 7.15pm
Wednesday 13 July 2011, 7.45pm
Wednesday 10 August 2011, 6.00pm
Sam Smith presented on his work in relation to cinema alongside artists Simone Hine and Fiona Williams. Followed by a screening of Le Mépris (1963) by Jean-Luc Godard.
Artist Sam Smith talks to Anneke Jaspers, the Gallery’s assistant curator of contemporary art. The exhibition Sam Smith: Cameraman relaunches the Gallery’s Contemporary Projects series.
Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary project space, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sam Smith's new two-channel video Cameraman will run from 21 May - 14 Aug 2011 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Shot in 2011 on location in Berlin, this two-channel video installation presents a sequence of events that take place between a film set, a cameraman’s apartment and an artist’s studio. The fractured narrative involves two camera lenses – one real and one sculpted by the artist. One channel of video conveys the action of the film set and its protagonists; the other interweaves the perspective of the film being shot – the ‘film within the film’. For the viewer the experience is one of traversing the realities of multiple screen-worlds, and registering the slippages between them.
Sam Smith has cut a trailer for his new two-channel video Cameraman. The work will run from 21 May - 14 Aug 2011 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Shot recently on location in Berlin, this two-channel video installation presents a curious sequence of events that take place between a film set, a cameraman's apartment and an artist's studio, involving a camera lens imbued with mystical qualities.