Fragments of Film: Art by Guillaume Valleé


A still image from Guillaume Vallee's Analog HellraiserAnalog Hellraiser (still)

Multimedia and video artist Guillaume Valleé produces layered, disorienting fragments of film aimed more at creating a mood than at conveying a narrative or series of events. Guillaume’s works often feature a kaleidoscopic array of colors, overlaid with dense, sometimes aggressive soundtracks.


A still from Analog HellraiserAnalog Hellraiser (still)

I’m enjoying viewing Guillaume’s recent works dealing with the horror film Hellraiser. In Analog Hellraiser the artist uses footage from a VHS copy of Hellraiser II, deconstructing and rebuilding the footage into something dissociated from the narrative of the film, but still referencing a horror-like tone and atmosphere. In this work, Guillaume’s goal is to create the impression of a mental struggle with a confusing nightmare – through disjointed, confrontational snippets of film and an experimental soundtrack, the work draws the viewer in to an uncomfortable, visceral experience.


The front page of Guillaume Vallee's art websitewww.gvallee.com

 

Guillaume frequently collaborates with other artists, sometimes working with sound artists and musicians to create his soundtracks, and sometimes joining forces with other visual artists. His use of sound, rather than “music,” reminds me of certain works by Ryoji Ikeda.

 

Analog Hellraiser (excerpt), soundtrack by Francesco De Gallo

 

Written by: Dallas Jeffs

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