Fellow: Awarded 2010
Field of Study: Video & Audio
Competition: US & Canada
Van McElwee's body of video work includes over fifty single channel pieces, installations, and web projects. In addition to his Guggenheim Fellowship, he has received the American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Independent Production Fund grant (seven-time recipient), and a travel grant from the Government of India. McElwee’s work has been exhibited extensively worldwide and is represented by The Kitchen in New York, Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, Heure Exquise! in France, LUX in the UK, the Inter Media Art Institute in Germany, and Trabant Gallery in Austria.
“An alchemy occurs when the outer world is transformed into video: it becomes mind-stuff. I carry this process forward, questioning the nature of reality, exploring time and dimensionality by weaving fragments of the world into new patterns. In this way, video can enjoy the same freedom as painting and music; it can be something, not just about something.”