Center Stage: Bill Viola’s art slows time to create mindful contemplation

Bill Violas The Fall into ParadisePerformers John Hay and Sarah Steben take part in Bill Viola's video art piece "The Fall into Paradise," part of his exhibit "The Moving Portrait" now featured at the National Portrait Gallery. COURTESY PHOTO

WASHINGTON D.C. — Moving pictures meet portraiture. Video, a popular media form used for almost any purpose, is rarely utilized for slow, perceptual contemplation often achieved in paintings or music.

Bill Viola’s work “The Moving Portrait” does exactly that. His work is more akin to portraiture rather than narrative stories often seen in video. His work focuses on facial language and slow-motion to allow a calmer, meditative attention to his footage.

These videos focus on the physical actions of his subjects rather than the promise of a narrative climax or conclusion to maintain interest. Examples include “The Raft”, a high-definition video projection of nineteen people suddenly hit by a high-pressure stream of water.


Local artist sees Metro riders as zombies

Eric Gordon Zombie 1Eric Gordon with one of his paintings. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

TAKOMA PARK – Local artist Eric Gordon said he sees a semblance of zombies, or what he likes to call “creeps,” in riders of the D.C. Metro and he sketches them when he uses public transit.

Gordon said he couldn’t take full credit for the idea of depicting riders as akin to zombies or creeps.

“I think that’s not my theory. It’s the morning, nine to five, daily grind, people going to their daily jobs,” said Gordon. “A lot of times people would much rather go to the beach or have a cup of tea, stay at home, do something like that.”


Watercolor inspired by trauma comes to Montgomery College

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back pain artSILVER SPRING – Scarring body pain is not a subject one typically associates with art, but Montgomery College is hosting an exhibit dedicated to the topic. Through May 1, the Open Gallery at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Arts Center at the college’s Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus will house the exhibit “Back Pain” by Pennsylvania-based artist Cindi Hron.

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