Simon Payne: Color Field Videos

January 19, 2013 to April 28, 2013

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Simon Payne, Vice Versa Et Cetera, 2010. Video, 10 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
Simon Payne, Iris Out, 2008. Video, 10 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

The British video artist Simon Payne creates digital works that investigate the interplay of color, movement, and abstract form. Five of Payne’s short videos will be screened in MMoCA’s New Media Gallery, adjacent to the main galleries on the second floor, in conjunction with Ellsworth Kelly Prints, from January 19 through April 28, 2013.

Coupling a limited color palette of red, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta, green, black, and white—the primary and secondary colors constituting the standard television test signal—with sequences of flickering geometric forms, Payne creates the illusion of pulsing motion and infinite color combinations. Although the artist’s fixed palette limits the number of actual colors that are present on screen, the rapid editing of the video footage affects viewers’ perception of color. The result is a rich visual experience in which the number of perceived color possibilities is impossible to quantify.

Simon Payne studied time-based media at the Kent Institute of Art and received a PhD from the Royal College of Art in 2008. His work has been shown in numerous venues including the Anthology Film Archives, New York; the Rotterdam International Film Festival; the Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco; and the Tate Modern, London. Payne is senior lecturer in film and media studies at Anglia Ruskin University, and lives in London.  

Generous funding for Simon Payne: Color Field Videos has been provided by maiahaus and Venture Investors LLC, with technical support from Aaron Granat.