Color Field Videos

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Vice Versa Et Cetera, 2010 Video 10 Minutes © Courtesy of the artist & Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Color Field Videos

227 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
January 19th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013

United States
Tuesday-Thursday noon-5 pm, Friday noon-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm, Closed Mondays


The British video artist Simon Payne creates digital works that investigate the interplay of color, movement, and abstract form. Five of Payne’s short videos will be screened in MMoCA’s New Media Gallery, adjacent to the main galleries on the second floor, in conjunction with Ellsworth Kelly Prints, from January 19 through April 28, 2013.

Coupling a limited color palette of red, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta, green, black, and white—the primary and secondary colors constituting the standard television test signal—with sequences of flickering geometric forms, Payne creates the illusion of pulsing motion and infinite color combinations. Although the artist’s fixed palette limits the number of actual colors that are present on screen, the rapid editing of the video footage affects viewers’ perception of color. The result is a rich visual experience in which the number of perceived color possibilities is impossible to quantify.

Simon Payne studied time-based media at the Kent Institute of Art and received a PhD from the Royal College of Art in 2008. His work has been shown in numerous venues including the Anthology Film Archives, New York; the Rotterdam International Film Festival; the Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco; and the Tate Modern, London. Payne is senior lecturer in film and media studies at Anglia Ruskin University, and lives in London.  

Generous funding for Simon Payne: Color Field Videos has been provided by maiahaus and Venture Investors LLC, with technical support from Aaron Granat.