Video Installation, Moveable Image open now at AAM

Exhibition Now Open – Moveable Image: Video Art by Collis/Donadio, Shala Miller and Rachel Schmidt

The Academy Art Museum is pleased to announce the exhibition Moveable Image: Video Art by Collis/Donadio, Shala Miller and Rachel Schmidt. This video installation is open through March 6, 2022.

Shala Miller (American, b. 1993), Mrs. Lovely, 2021, single channel video (10:44 min), vintage door, metal acrylic

Moveable Image: Video Art by Collis/Donadio, Shala Miller and Rachel Schmidt explores the spatial possibilities of video art and highlights contemporary works that transcend the conventional rectangular screen. Shala Miller, Rachel Schmidt and artist duo Collis/Donadio (Shannon Collis and Liz Donadio) deliver moving image works in their respective visual languages that shift the viewer’s experience from viewing a flat surface to becoming immersed in an installation. Whether it is Collis/Donadio’s layered projections that create trompe l’oeil dimensionality, Rachel Schmidt’s unconventionally-shaped wall frames constructed from plastic trash with which she frames her videos, or Shala Miller’s use of an antique glass door as a projection screen that references domesticity and gender roles, the video installations in the exhibition find nuanced ways to make the image moveable, dynamic and haunting, and place the viewer in the dead center of the work rather than a safe distance from it.

Rachel Schmidt (American, b. 1981),Vanishing Points, 2020, sculpture, three-channel video production (8:42 min loop), masonite, paint, plastic trash wrapped in images printed on sticker paper, glue, wood

The habitual experience of viewing moving image works is often stationary. The works in Moveable Image, however, invite the viewer to move around the installation and engage with the videos from different points and angles. Doing so, the viewer is asked to notice new dimensions, such as presence and temporality. While the conventional moving image transports the viewer to the there and then, works in Moveable Image allow the viewer to consider the here and now, leaving open the fourth wall for ruminations on wide-ranging contemporary issues the artists explore, such as selfhood, identity, and climate change.

About the Academy Art Museum

As the premier art museum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Academy Art Museum presents high-quality exhibitions and a full range of art classes for visitors of all ages. Past exhibitions have featured artists such as James Turrell, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Pat Steir and Richard Diebenkorn. The permanent collection focuses on works on paper by American and European artists from four centuries including recent acquisitions by Graciela Iturbide and Zanele Muholi. Arts educational programs range from life drawing lessons to digital art instruction, and include lunchtime and cocktail hour concerts, lectures and special art events, as well as a Fall Craft Show. AAM also provides arts education to public and private school children from the region and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Location: 106 South Street, Easton, Maryland 
Hours:  Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 7:30 pm (free admission), Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and Federal holidays.
Admission: $3, children under 12 free, AAM members free.

Cover Image: Collis/Donadio (Shannon Collis, Canadian, b. 1979 and Liz Donadio, American, b. 1984), Moving Still, 2021/2022, multi-channel digital video projection, quadraphonic sound