With recent retrospectives at major museums celebrating the careers of artists for whom video has been a primary medium of exploration -- Nam June Paik at the Guggenheim in New York, Bill Viola at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, for example -- video art has attained establishment status, so much so that video, along with other electronic media, has moved from the fringes of artistic exploration to the very center. Van McElwee, whose own miniretrospective of work created over the last seven years just concluded at the Forum for Contemporary Art, says a recent visit to his alma mater, the Memphis Academy of Arts, emphasized that transformation: "The studio windows are covered up, and they all have computers. It's like this inner... More >>>
"I've always been interested in fake things," says video artist Van McElwee. "Luxor," for example, juxtaposes images of Luxor, Egypt, and the Luxor casino in Las Vegas.