Logan Dandridge, Video Still
October 26 - December 1, 2020
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery
Dandridge’s videos include footage from a wide variety of sources, reflecting his “interests in web-based culture and media convergence.” In Dandridge’s work, the athletic, the artistic, and the colloquial coexist with one another, as the artist draws his viewers into a world that “examines the poetics of memory and trauma in consort with a visual and textual exegesis of African American literature.”
Music is central to Dandridge’s work, and his research and video installations explore the musical technique of counterpoint, which the artist describes as the “art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” The images, language, and music in Dandridge’s videos are perpetually new, even to repeat visitors to the exhibition, as the videos are of different lengths and are constantly shifting in their relationship to one another, creating opportunities for different perspectives and nuanced responses. In this way, Dandridge is interested in the “associative dialogue” that emerges through “visual montage, proximity and simultaneity.” In response to the work, Dandridge observes that “within these emanations, the pride, beauty, and fear that infuse Black music is momentarily visible. Images are sometimes just documents, some are provocation, but others are testimony: The sounds is the picture.”
Logan Dandridge (b. 1994, Richmond, VA) is a moving image artist whose films interrogate various histories through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. He received his BA from the University of Virginia in 2016 and his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art in 2018.