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Postmasters Gallery: Spencer Finch, A Certain Slant of Light

By Rhizome

459 West 19th Street
212-727-3323

Chelsea

March 24 - April 21, 2007
Opening: Saturday, March 24, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Spencer Finch


In two new installations and works on paper Finch continues to explore the nature of color, light, memory and perception. Operating precariously in the gap between the objectivity of scientific data and the subjectivity of creative expression, he sets to transport the viewer to experience the changing atmospheric conditions in the Monument Valley and at Walden Pond.

In 2 hours, 2 minutes, 2 seconds industrial means are employed to a poetic end. A circle of 48 programmed and synchronized fans precisely re-creates the wind at Walden Pond measured by the artist with an anemometer. Walden Pond, located in Massachusetts, was made famous by Henry David Thoreau, who stayed there in a small cabin he built for himself from July 1845 to September 1847.

West is a nine channel video installation in which sequences of film stills from "The Searchers", the 1956 John Ford western, play on a grid of nine monitors turned towards the gallery wall. The light projecting on the wall from the television screens precisely simulates the changing light in the artist's motel room at sunset in Monument Valley, where the film was shot. The projected light slowly changes from the bright orangish of sunset to almost totally dark over the course of the 30 minutes of the video.

In addition, a large drawing of Walden Pond based on water images from the paintings of Claude Monet and a series of seven watercolors depicting the limits of the artist's color perception will be exhibited.

Image from Postmasters Gallery.

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