The exhibition Video Show was the first time Eric Bainbridge has shown his works in this medium as stand-alone projections presented in a cinematic context. Previously, these works had been presented as objects themselves, on gallery monitors amongst other three dimensional work. Whilst his three dimensional works are internationally renowned, Bainbridge’s videos remain a relatively unconsidered aspect of his extensive body of work. Bainbridge first began using video to document objects and incidents in the studio nearly twenty years ago, at a time when his entire way of working was changing dramatically.
The process of making video has played a key part in Bainbridge’s thirty-five year long career, marking a turning point between his fur-clad sculptures of the 1980s, and his experimental and increasingly complex work during the 1990s. Bainbridge’s early videos use the static shot to show sculptural works in time; inviting us to look again at what a sculpture is and can be as well as thinking deeper about the act of looking. In later videos, more incidental moments are captured with equal amounts of humour and philosophical play.
Over the past 35 years, Eric Bainbridge has created an extensive body of work and become best known for his sculptures and collages, which have been exhibited internationally, including at Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (1986), The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1989), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003) mima, Middlesbrough (2007), and recently in Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London (2010).
For the exhibition, CIRCA Projects produced a limited edition print, two sausages, with Eric Bainbridge – which is available in our online store. A full length video of the conversation between Eric Bainbridge and Keith Wilson, which occurred at CIRCA Screen on September 20 2011, is available to view in the channel section of our website via the link below.