Bill Lundberg: Syntax of Illusion



Charades, 1976, super 8 film sculpture

Bill Lundberg has been one of the most consistent and imaginative artists using video and projection since the 1970s. He lived and worked in London for a period during that decade, a prominent figure in the British avant-garde, before moving to Austin Texas where he lives today. We are pleased and proud to be able to take advantage of Lundberg’s visit to London to invite him to give an illustrated talk about his work at Central St Martins on Wednesday 17th June. The event is free and open to all.

Bill Lundberg developed a form of ‘film-sculpture’ before such work was conveniently named and placed. He took the spectral quality of projection out of the darkened cinema to the ‘hard places’ of the substantial world, playing on a fascinating contradiction between the real and the illusory which brings a new experience of the notion of ‘presence’. His work Swimmer, which was recently acquired by the Blanton Museum in Austin for its permanent collection, was first shown at the ICA in London in 1975. Projected onto the floor in the vicinity of wall-hung paintings in the gallery, Swimmer creates, with great wit and economy of means, a confrontation between two spaces, art gallery and swimming pool; two media, water and film; and two orientations, the vertical (the viewer) and the horizontal (the swimmer). So elemental are these confrontations that one cannot easily decide if the swimmer in his rectangle of water is a metaphor of freedom or entrapment.

Working in both the United States and Brazil, Lundberg has used his technical experiments to explore subtle psychological possibilities, treating themes of isolation, vulnerability, relations with the other, and putative collectivities.

Bill Lundberg will be introduced by Guy Brett

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