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Paul Chan : The 7 Lights

Fold into itself – (for 5th Light)
Paper and charcoal on Styrofoam
32 x 23 7/8 x 3/4 in

Crystal into network – (for 5th Light)
Paper and charcoal on Styrofoam
32 x 23 3/4 x 3/4 in

Chinese roof into pyramid – (for 5th Light)
Paper and charcoal on Styrofoam
32 1/8 x 23 1/8 x 3/4 in

Network into line – (for 5th Light)
Paper and charcoal on Styrofoam
32 x 23 3.4 x 3/4 in

Circle into spiral – (for 5th Light)
Paper and charcoal on Styrofoam
31 7/8 x 23 7/8 x 3/4 in

Point into labyrinth – (for 5th Light)
Paper and charcoal on Styrofoam
31 3/4 x 23 7/8 x 3/4 in

Paul Chan’s complete series “The 7 Lights,” offers a unique occasion to explore the practice of a New York-based artist whose work engages such fundamental themes as politics, poetry, war, death, and desire. Begun in 2005, Chan’s ambitious cycle combines obsolete computer technology with hypnotic imagery to create a series of enigmatic encounters with light and darkness. In the title, the word “light” has been struck through, drawing attention to its dramatic absence.

Presented alongside a selection of works on paper, older videos, and a new projection, the Lights create a vast image of cyclical destruction and rebirth, spread across floors and walls like light falling through windows. Structured over the course of a day, each of the Lights begins peacefully, with the warm colors of dawn. Slowly the atmosphere changes: silhouettes of objects rise up through the air and are dismantled by obscure forces, while human shadows plummet towards the ground. Like a dream deteriorating into a nightmare, the sequence becomes increasingly horrific until it fades to dusk and peace returns, waiting for day to break again.

Just as a shadow cannot fully describe the object from which it emanates, “The 7 Lights” convey a narrative that is inevitably incomplete, yet rich with historical references, including ancient Greek mythology and Baroque painting. “The 7 Lights” can also be related to Biblical accounts of the origin of the world and its impending end, suggesting a possible reading of Chan’s cycle as an allegory of the seven days of creation. Furthermore, Chan’s work calls to mind contemporary tragedies such as 9/11, the war in Iraq, and the ongoing eruptions of terrorist violence around the globe. Unfolding like a present-day Last Judgment, a subjective and anonymous hand decides what rises and what falls; touching on the viewer’s own fears, the result is not as one might have imagined – worthless objects ascend while human life is cast aside like rainfall. However, caught as they are in an endless repetition, the Lights suggest that perhaps there is no end, just an eternal beginning. [Extract : New Museum]

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Jamie Drouin : Sound Artist

live in croxhapox gent , belgium – october 3rd 2009

Drouin explores the subtleties of experience, with a specific interest in the way audio can dramatically alter perceptions of both physical and temporal space. His installations and compositions examine noise pollution and the auditory phenomena of environments. Incorporating field recordings and synthesized sounds, his works create intricately detailed patterns and textures which, while retaining references to corporeal sources, seek to expand and transform audience perceptions of familiar habitat.

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HUM is an investigation into the ubiquitous transformer and electrical relay boxes situated in every neighborhood, and the ever-present low-level sounds they introduce into the environment, creating artificial undertones to our experience of the outdoors. The work loosely references minimalist drone music and also highlights the potential negative effects of these particular sounds: the characteristic ‘hum’ produced by the oscillation of alternating currents in power transformers has been linked with sleep disorders, disorientation and agitation in a percentage of the population, yet is a tone that permeates almost every aspect of our daily lives, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.

Derived and composed entirely from unedited recordings of these electrical boxes, HUM creates a paradoxical work which is simultaneously a pleasurable exploration of low frequency patterns, and a direct representation of potentially harmful everyday sounds. [Extract : Jamie Drouin]

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