Later this week I will be installing City Lights Columbus at the Zanesville Museum of Art. From June 11th to August 21st City Lights Columbus will be on display as part of the 71st Annual Ohio Exhibition. This is great news not only for myself but for other moving image artists as this installation will be the first time video that has been included as part of this exhibition. The museum staff is very excited about the inclusion of a time based art work and have been very helpful in working with me to be a part of the exhibition.
City Lights Columbus is part of a larger series of video landscapes called City Lights and Rural Colors. Each work in the series starts with the documentary imagery of a single location, for city lights it is a city such as Chicago, Seattle or Columbus – for Rural Colors it is a recognizable rural location such as the Ohio River or Blue Mountain Pennsylvania. Using the documentary footage of the landscape as a base each piece takes on a life of it’s own as it is layered and timed to music creating what I define as an abstract moving image landscape painting. City Lights Columbus is the second piece in the series and was created using footage driving along Interstates 71, 70, 670, 315, and eventually ending with footage of the Columbus neighborhood known as Clintonville. The piece is paired and timed to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 3, 3 allegro, recorded by Advent Chamber Orchestra and licensed under creative commons.
A Few Stills from City Lights Columbus by Matt Swift