AboutThis year, for the first time ever, Discovery Film Festival will also occupy DCA's galleries, with exciting new work by two of the UK's most interesting video artists.
In Gallery One is George Barber - who since the early 1980s has been one of the most influential and widely seen video artists - works were regularly screened on Channel 4 and installations and screenings have taken places at venues such as Tate Modern, The ICA, London and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Initially known for his central role in the Scratch Video movement, which heavily influenced pop music in terms of sound and image and described by the NME as 'televisual punk rock'. His work in the last two decades has become more suited to galleries 1001 Colours Andy Never Thought Of is a clever update on Warhol's Marilyn paintings and his recent single shot Automotive Action Painting plays with Jackson Pollock's abstract expressionism. Today we can see his influence not only on artists, but also the world of advertising. For an artist who appropriated his fair share of images this is something of a complement. Representative works from throughout his career will project across the gallery.
Jaygo Bloom studied Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art and Electronic Imaging at djcad with DCA Director Clive Gillman serving as his External Assessor. Jaygo has in recent years been producing works for New Media Scotland, Glasgow Science Centre and dazzling club and concert environments including Franz Ferdinand's world tour. He makes bright, accessible videoworks harnessing new and old technologies. He is working on a double sided projection inspired by the early arcade game Asteroids and a sound and vision work in collaboration with vocalists from the Royal Festival Hall.
George Barber was working with a nascent Channel 4 and ZG press and was the go-to guy for U2, Robert Plant and the Who to inject some cache. Jaygo is working with the likes of Philip Glass, Franz Ferdinand and Luke Slater.
Jaygo Bloom's exhibition is supported by Dundee Visual Artist's Award, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The artist would also like to thank Voicelab, The South Bank Centre, London.