Mark Nelson, Fragments From the Greyzone (2008)

Medium: Video Painting, Projection, Color and no sound

Dimensions: 43 Scapes | Duration: 3 hours, 36 min., 18 sec.

Collection: Video Painting Solo Series

Edition of 7

Reference: VPSS-MNFG08



In June 2008, Open Gallery invited photographer and film maker, Mark Nelson, to shoot a series of video paintings exploring the boundary between liquid and solid, order and disorder, nature and man that is the Brighton seafront.

For several years, Nelson has thought of this boundary as a ‘greyzone’ – an area of possibility requiring interpretation, an area lacking the closure of singular and precise meaning; instead tending towards the Openness discussed by early video painting practitioner, Hilary Lawson. In referring to his video paintings as ‘fragments’ Nelson is poetically suggestive of the temporal nature of his subject matter and the unassuming brevity of his portrayal.

Mark Nelson lives and works in Brighton. He founded First Light, a fine art laboratory and gallery in 1985 and has enjoyed a prolific career as a photographer, film maker and video artists, including four years as official photographer for British Airways and a series of artworks for legendary German music label ECM. Nelson’s video work has been included in Open Gallery curated group exhibitions at the Miami Ice Palace, the Square Gallery, and the Hospital Club. His work is currently held in collections by Coutts Bank, Swire International and private collectors in France and America.

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