The work of pioneering video artist Frank Gillette focuses on humans’ experience of natural phenomena. Using multi-channel video installations with image feedback, time delay, and closed-circuit systems, Gillette is of a generation of artists who defined the way video technologies would be used as an art form. Gillette has become increasingly fascinated with the potential of digital media to subvert our obsession with speed and creates work that embraces a Zen-inspired experience of slow time. Creating multi-channel installations that are always shifting, contain no beginning or end, and juxtapose traditional modes of art making (such as still life, landscape, and symbolic interaction,) Gillette continues to deepen a career-long investigation into the intersections of technology, ecology, and cognition.

Excavations and Banquets is an unearthing of lesser-known facets of Gillette’s work as well as a celebration of his entire career. Featuring a selection of work spanning forty-five years, the exhibition combines sculptures included in Gillette’s first exhibition at the Everson in 1971 along with digital prints, drawings from Gillette’s daily sketch notebooks, and selected writings and objects.

Frank Gillette,
video stills from Riverrun, 2016-2017.