In 2010, after curatorial stints at Galapagos Art Space and Lucca Film Festival, respectively, Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti opened a gallery devoted primarily to moving-image work. Walk into their Brooklyn space, and you’re often introduced to artists, artworks, and sometimes even mediums you didn’t know existed.
In Kevin Reuning’s current installation, for instance, 3D animation tools have inspired paintings and sculptures that look more like moving images than the traditional mediums they are constructed from, while his HD video Spiral (2015) shows a cascade of geometric objects derived from the default shapes offered by Cinema 4D software.
The first few years were slow, but Microscope’s collector base has since grown, along with the square footage of the gallery. “In the past year, or even less, more collectors have been realizing that we’re a resource for this type of work, and people are approaching us to buy their first video or film—these are people who’ve never purchased a moving-image work before,” explained Burchill.
Monti added: “This is the time that things are changing. We’ve been around for almost five years and have seen a shift—more collectors are finally expanding their collections to incorporate video and moving image.”