Road Movie (part 1)
9 min video, 4.1 or stereo sound, 2008
Road Movie (part 1) is part of the 4 channel video and sound installation, Road Movie. The installation Road Movie incorporates Road Movie (Part 1) 2008, Lost 2008, The Parramatta Road Project 2011 and The Park 2013. Each component can also be screened separately.
Thus the film engages in a kind of self-cancelling, a perverse annulment of its whole raison d'être, since it is a road movie about about the repudiation of the very thing essential to it, the car.
Adam Geczy, Art Monthly
Gillies' road movie is a meditation on the efficacy of individual resolve against looming end-of-world scenarios. Pedro de Almeida, Excavation 2012
The protagonist of Road Movie acts alone. But Road Movie also disrupts the internal logics of this popular cinematic genre. As the road opens up for the lone protagonist, as the constant loud noise and frenetic pace of the city is displaced by quietness and stillness, the narrative departs from the generic script and stages an unexpected and absurd dead‐end.
Therese Davis, 'A Road Movie by John Gillies' in Video Logic, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2008
Road Movie (part 1) first installed in Video Logic, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Curator: Russell Storer
performer: Matt Prest
music: Im Parramatta by Ralph Benatsky 1936
organ: Nigel Kellaway
construction: Willy Hall
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Digging Deep: Excavation, The Armory Exhibition 2012, Adam Geczy, Art Monthly, October 2012
Exhibitions and Screenings
Funknuckles, Worrowing, 2019
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale 2014
Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney 2014
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba 2014
Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton 2014
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 2014
Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upway 2014
The Armory Gallery, Sydney 2011
Sydney Underground Film Festival 2009
Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2008