The Easel

“I think in images” A review of Bill Viola: Electronic Renaissance

A near drowning as a child is often used to explain the contemplative character of Bill Viola’s acclaimed video art. Art history and philosophy are more obvious influences. His “supreme” images “not so much relate a narrative as immerse his audiences in bodily experiences. [For his large scale installations] the viewer has no option but to look for meaning beyond any retelling of everyday events.”