Viewers at Yalcut’s ‘Vision Cantos.’

Viewers at Yalcut's 'Vision Cantos.'

Video art pioneer to premiere work at BGSU

Pioneering video artist Jud Yalkut will premiere a dramatic piece in his latest exhibition, opening Saturday (Aug. 30) in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center.

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In “Video Phase Patterns,” his newest work and part of the “V3: Variations in Vision & Video” exhibit, Yalkut uses analog and digital imagery and edits it to create “an electronic hall of mirrors with a time delay.”
Nature and spirituality were his primary inspiration for the pieces in the exhibit, which continues through Oct. 25. His goal for the show was to create “a projected image that changes reality to a more abstract form (to enable people) to see things in a new way,” said Yalkut, who will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in 204 Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the gallery.
“Vision Cantos,” which premiered at the Whitney Museum in New York in 2000, will be part of the exhibit as well. It includes plants, animals and other natural images, along with Tibetan imagery, to create a spiritual shrine complete with yoga mats for viewers to meditate and fully engage in the art.
One of Yalkut’s greatest influences was the Surrealist art movement that began in the 1920s and portrayed a dreamlike view of reality, as seen in the collages of German artist Max Ernst. Also on display at BGSU will be Yalkut collages made of black and white images cut and pasted together to create disconcerting scenarios. For example, “The City Quakes” features a giant primate causing mass chaos in a crumbling city as part of “The Voyager’s Dreambook” series.
Born and raised in New York, Yalkut worked with South Korean-born American artist Nam June Paik, who is considered the father of video art. Together they created some of the first video art shown in New York. “In 1961, I became a filmmaker,” Yalkut said. “My career has been built on experimental work in film and video.”  
In 1973, he moved to Ohio, where he taught art classes as an assistant professor at Wright State University in Dayton and founded the film and video area of its art department. He no longer teaches but concentrates instead on his art.
Yalkut’s exhibition is being presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, plus 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.  

August 25, 2008