Venetian Impressions

April - June 2010

For his first exhibition at Eleven, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Gerry Fox realises a brand new series of video works based on 19th century paintings. While in Venice making a large-scale installation about this contemporary city, Fox came across a series of works by famous painters including Turner, Sargent, Manet, Monet and Renoir all featuring gondolas in the city’s canals. He set out to recreate these paintings on the highest quality 35 mm film, bringing them to life as cinematic tableaux. These works appear to be oil paintings on canvas at first glance but are, in reality, slow-motion “impressionist” representations of Venice, modern day video evocations of the painted past.