“I fell into a lake when I was six years old. […] I was shown – just by this accident – that there’s more than just the surface of life. That the real thing is under the surface.” —Bill Viola
Bill Viola (American, b. 1951) is a groundbreaking video artist who began experimenting with video while still an undergraduate student at Syracuse University and had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1974 at the then-nascent The Kitchen – one of New York City’s oldest non-profit spaces.
Viola’s work is currently featured in a solo exhibition at Blain|Southern in London (Intimate Works – through May 4, 2019), and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia opening June 30.
In 2011 Viola sat down with Christian Lund for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in an expansive interview that touched on the artist’s earliest memories as a child, through the impact of his own spiritual path on his art, to the emotional resonance of sharing his mother’s death in his art.