Exhibition: Malcolm Le Grice - Present Moments and Passing Time An exhibition spanning 50 years of innovation in painting, film, video and digital art

Horror Film 1 is a live shadow performance from 1971. Approximately 15 minutes. Uses three 16mm projectors with changing colour loops and a recorded sound track of breathing. © Le Grice.

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Dates: Friday 20 January-Saturday 18 March

Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00, Peninsula Arts Gallery

Tuesday-Saturday 13:00-20:30, Plymouth Arts Centre

Price: free admission

Celebrating the innovative and ground-breaking work of Plymouth-born Malcolm Le Grice, this exhibition looks at how he pioneered the ‘British Expanded Cinema’ movement with multi-projection and performance works, as well as making the UK’s first computer art films. These breakthroughs can be traced in his early paintings incorporating flashing light bulbs and more recently in his 3D video installations. 

Le Grice was the driving force in expanding the London Filmmakers Co-op’s to include film production, which has had a profound impact on British visual culture since the late 1960s. 

He has exhibited across the UK, Europe and New York including at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the Centre George Pompidou and Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, MACBA in Barcelona and MUMOK in Vienna. He is represented in national archive collections across Europe and Australia, with over 80 works in the British Film Institute. His films are distributed by Lux. 

Malcolm Le Grice is represented by Richard Saltoun Gallery. 

A dual site exhibition at Peninsula Arts and Plymouth Arts Centre, delivered in partnership with the History Centre and Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage).

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Malcolm Le Grice

Malcolm Le Grice studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art but began to make film, video and computer works in the mid 1960’s. Together with David Curtis he founded The London Film Makers Cooperative in 1968; it was a direct response to the lack of support for experimental film-making and included production, distribution and a cinema. It provided an outlet for the underground avant-garde cinema movement and supported radical and experimental performance artists and filmmakers.

A core member of the Coop, Malcolm was a crucial part of the 'British Expanded Cinema' movement, where the traditional one-way relationship between film and the audience was expanded to create a more interactive experience. It includes the work both inside and outside of the artwork, the live performance, projector pieces, video and a different range of media.

Malcolm Le Grice, Film als Spektakel, Ereignis und Performance, PhoenixHalle Dortmund, September 2004

Horror Film 1 is a live shadow performance from 1971. Approximately 15 minutes. Uses three 16mm projectors with changing colour loops and a recorded sound track of breathing. © Le Grice.

'Voices' Season - Original Voices

Peninsula Arts looks to support new and undiscovered cultural voices, as well as bringing those internationally renowned voices to the region and this is explored in this season’s programme.

Born in Plymouth, Malcolm Le Grice pioneered new ways of presenting moving image as multi-screen projection and installation in the 1960s. He is recognised as being one of Britain’s most innovative and experimental film-makers.

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