22
Apr
12

Anthony McCall : Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture (Installation)

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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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“Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture”
Installation/Projections
Anthony McCall
2012
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Anthony McCall became known at the beginning of the 1970s for his unique light installations, the so-called solid light films. Hamburger Bahnhof is presenting the largest exhibition of his work to date. A selection of his works from the past ten years will be shown in the historic central hall of the museum. The spacious former railway station with its numerous windows will be transformed for the duration of the exhibition into a cinema space (black box), filled only with haze and veils of light.

McCall has developed a signature technique for his work: animated lines, drawn in white on black, are projected into a room filled with fine haze (originally smoke and dust) so that the two-dimensional drawings are articulated as seemingly tangible, sculptural forms in real space. The artist began this series with the influential film ‘Line Describing a Cone’ and then continued to develop the concept in installations like ‘Long Film for Four Projectors’ (1974).

Originally inspired by the filmic avant-garde, from the very beginning the artist turned cinema on its head, slowed it down, and created a fully traversable, populist space. Thus, his works exist at the borders of cinema, sculpture and drawing. The works are ephemeral, yet they seem tangible and physical. Projected horizontally through the space onto the wall, or – as in his most recent works – from the ceiling to the floor, they engulf the viewer in singular, slow-moving cones of light.

The horizontal works are still reminiscent of the viewing situation in the cinema, where the projector beam is cast lengthwise onto the screen. The vertical projections however, shine light from the ceiling and can be circumnavigated by the viewer, thus moving more fully into the sphere of sculpture. Here too, McCall uses organic, sinuous lines; many works also make direct reference to the body, as illustrated by titles like ‘Between You and I’ and ‘Meeting You Halfway’. Despite his conceptual and formal rigour, McCall always creates an open space where viewers can move around freely, interact with the works, communicate with each other or simply just stroll around. ~ Extract : Exhibition Concept

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Anthony McCall : ‘Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture’

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1 Response to “Anthony McCall : Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture (Installation)”


  1. May 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I visited this exhibition last week in Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum, fascinating!


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