AV Festival 06 are proud to have co-commissioned a new work by one of Britain’s most acclaimed visual artists, Anthony McCall. Swell is a fifty-foot horizontal projection inspired by the North East coastal landscape. Situated at the meeting-place of sculpture and cinema, this new work draws the visitor into a three-dimensional envelope of projected ‘solid light’.
The inspiration for Swell came after the artist took a stroll on the coast near the Roker Lighthouse whilst in town visiting the Reg Vardy Gallery. The resulting work focuses on the phenomenological force of projected waves of white light, recalling the rolling waves of an ocean. The air of the gallery is filled with a sea-mist-like haze, which reveals the projected beam as a palpably present, three-dimensional form of astonishing beauty. Unlike a conventional film or video, the audience can move around the space, finding their own perspectives as the room-sized membranes of light rise and fall and turn through space, and one another.
Anthony McCall is a British artist who began making performances and films in the UK in 1971. He moved to New York in 1973, and has since exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries, such as Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (MUMOK); Hayward Gallery, London; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. McCall is perhaps best known for his 'expanded cinema' pieces such as Line Describing a Cone. His major works include Line Describing a Cone (1973), Long Film for Four Projectors (1974), Four Projected Movements (1975), Doubling Back (2003) and Turning Under (2004).
Co-commissioned by AV Festival 06 and Reg Vardy Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England. World Premiere.