McElwee’s Work Featured at Gallery Opening and at Film Festival | Webster University

McElwee’s Work Featured at Gallery Opening and at Film Festival

ST. LOUIS (NOV. 9, 2016) – Webster University Professor Van McElwee will be among the artists featured at Bruno David Gallery’s 11th season opening. The 25th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival also recently featured eight of McElwee’s experimental videos.
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Van McElwee will be presenting the video installation "Travel Dream," which he describes as "mirroring the flux of dreams and memories, travel footage from a period of intense image gathering is woven into a grainy hypnotic tapestry; video into dream, dream into video."

"Travel Dream" will be on exhibition from Thursday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Dec. 23 in the Media Arts Room of the new Bruno David Gallery in Clayton, Mo. An inaugural opening reception is planned for Thursday Nov. 10, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The new gallery is located at 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, Mo.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, the 25th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) featured "Van McElwee: Solutions to an Unknown Problem." It was a presentation of eight of Van McElwee’s new and recent videos. Four of them had never before been seen in St. Louis.

The videos included:

  • And/Or (2011, 7 mins.) A wandering figure traces tunnels through a space of possibilities
  • The Capitol of the Multiverse (2009, 5 mins.) A neoclassical form breathes and mutates, overlooking a shifting horizon
  • Electric Pilgrims: Everyone is Everywhere (2015, 12 mins.) An intersection of worlds, crowded with apparitions
  • Mercado (2016, 6 mins.) Moments in the vast indoor markets of Mexico City are woven together into new patterns - Premiere
  • Mexican Dream (2014, 11 mins.) A dream of coming and going, of a world deep in time
  • Outpost (2016, 6 mins.) Apparitions, maze marchers, and new-world natives are recorded in Minecraft and Aguas Calientes, Peru - Premiere
  • Solutions to an Unknown Problem (2016, 9 mins.) Diagrams, time-forms, and flow charts squirm through variations of themselves in a turbulent flux - Premiere
  • Wanderung (2016, 4 mins.) A work dealing with migration across Germany, set within current context of the global-migration crisis - St. Louis premiere

"As an internationally recognized artist, Van McElwee continues to excel and achieve well-deserved success for his work. We are very fortunate to have him as a member of our faculty," said Webster University School of Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler.Van McElwee's "Answers"

McElwee's body of media art includes more than 80 single-channel video works, installations, and web projects. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, seven individual artist's grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a travel grant from the Government of India.

McElwee's work has been exhibited extensively worldwide and is represented by the Kitchen in New York, Heure Exquise! in France, LUX in the UK, the Inter Media Art Institute in Germany, and Trabant Gallery in Austria.

In 2010, he was named a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow.  According to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the fellowship is given to "men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

At Webster University, McElwee has received the Wilma and Roswell Messing Faculty Award, a Media Association Faculty Award and three Faculty Research Grants. He has been teaching since 1978.   

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