June 22, 2013

ANTHONY MCCALL AT KUNSTMUSEUM ST. GALLEN


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ANTHONY MCCALL AT KUNSTMUSEUM ST. GALLEN
Two Double Works
9 February 2013 – 21 July 2013
Curated by Konrad Bitterli
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ANTHONY MCCALL AT KUNSTMUSEUM ST. GALLEN
Two Double Works
9 February 2013 – 21 July 2013
Curated by Konrad Bitterli
Stepping into the darkened room, through a veil of mist you can see how, on the wall, a spot is becoming an ever-expanding crescent which, after thirty minutes, forms a full circle. At the same time, the light of the film projector creates a cone in the space, a kind of temporary sculpture: Line Describing a Cone (1973) is a key work of modern art history and one of the exemplary works in the field of light art: "It is the first film to exist in real, three-dimensional space", stresses its creator, British artist Anthony McCall, who is a pioneer of contemporary sculpture and was a leader in the Expended Cinema of the 1970s. Born in 1946 close to London, Anthony McCall first ventured into the sphere of experimental films, and by the end of the 1960s he had already realised performances and ephemeral sculptures in space using elemental materials such as fire or water which, due to their time-based structure, lasted only as film documents. Early on, his films and installations could be seen at prominent international exhibitions, such as documenta 6 (1977), before he largely withdrew from the art world for over twenty years.
The 1990s saw a rediscovery of his epoch-making creations. Most importantly, the 2003 exhibition X-Screen: The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies at the Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK) in Vienna made his decisive contribution to the art of the 1970s clear for all to see. Since then, his Solid Light Films, which he named himself, have been presented at numerous exhibitions worldwide, including at the Museum für moderne Kunst in Frankfurt in 2005, the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2007, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Centre Pompidou in Metz in 2009, and at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2012.
The Two Double Works exhibition at the Lokremise in St.Gallen, for which the now New-York-based artist created two extensive works using light, is his first ever solo presentation in a Swiss museum. The show will include double projections, in which two and three-dimensional media combine meaningfully, as it were, with the fourth dimension of time: Anthony McCall's installations are at once spatial inventions, sculptural quests for form and drawing with light, and all this as a time-dependent process, always complemented by the presence of the onlooker and his or her own movement in the space and actual duration of perception. In Two Double Works two linear light-drawings move towards each other as "travelling waves" (McCall), ellipse-like, over the same wall in varying constellations, uniting briefly to create a continuous drawing. At the same time, the light projections create complex spatial forms which materialise visually in the mist, yet permanently change. Every attempt at a final graphic form is renounced in favour of a form that continuously recreates itself over the course of time, with which the observer becomes part of the artistic
creation as an actual performer, through whose presence and movement in the space the drawing on the wall and the form in the space are permanently changing.
Anthony McCall's exhibition Two Double Works is not only extraordinarily complex and artistically challenging thanks to its multi-layered references to film, sculpture and performance, but his works also surprise with their lightness and sensual appearance, which integrates the onlooker as part of the whole, essentially involving him or her as an accomplice in the creative process.
You may reach Anthony Mccall's exhibitions news to click below links from my blog archive.

http://mymagicalattic.blogspot.com/2013/06/anthony-mccall-lighting-installation.html
http://mymagicalattic.blogspot.com.tr/2013/10/anthony-mccall-at-contemporary-art.html
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YOU AND I, HORIZONTAL III – 2007

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YOU AND I, HORIZONTAL III – 2007
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