Paul Rooney — Bellevue
2 October–27 November 2010

A solo exhibition by Paul Rooney, the 2008 recipient of the Northern Art Prize. The show centres round a major new film work, ‘Bellevue’.

Bellevue is an intricate, audacious work, shot on location at Harewood House, Leeds. It is based upon Malcolm Lowry’s short story ‘Lunar Caustic’, whose flights of fancy emanate from inside the walls of a 1930s New York psychiatric hospital. Against the idealised backdrop of a picture-perfect English country house, the work depicts an advertising agency focus group discussing the use of Lowry’s writing in a campaign. Bellevue subjects ‘reality’ to various levels of scrutiny; highlighting the potential for imaginative projection, and creative confusion, engendered by the written word.

The exhibition also includes several other new works. ‘Letters that Rot’, 2010, the two screen video work ‘Small Talk’, also 2010, and the sound work ‘Words and Silence’, 2008.

Bellevue is co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella www.fvu.co.uk with the Bluecoat, Liverpool in association with Harewood House, Leeds and Spacex, Exeter.