Ann Hamilton

the picture is still

€ 55.00

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Ann Hamilton
the picture is still

Ed. Akira Ikeda Gallery, text(s) by Tomoaki Kitagawa, Bernhart Schwenk, Takao Ueda

German, English

2003. 112 pp., 67 ills.

hardcover

35.60 x 23.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1242-2

The installations by the American artist Ann Hamilton are as atmospheric as they are intellectually complex, and are often of grandiose dimensions: Tons of work clothes, penny coins or printing letters, together with people acting and even animals, characterize her process-like, site-specific environments. Viewers are incorporated as if in a play, and are taught to use their senses anew. In her most recent work the picture is still, which is featured in this book, the artist consciously refrained from adding animated elements. In a former torpedo factory at Yokosuka - a symbol-laden place in Japan, consecutively used by domestic and American armies for extensive military bases - Ann Hamilton processed enormous amounts of local fuel: Charcoal rods made of short pieces of branches and tree trunks. These are suspended from the ceiling on strings of different lengths, some of them so low that viewers almost have to stoop when they walk across the hall, oppressed by the heavy shadows of the dense, blackened mass of dead matter above them like by a murder of crows. Hamilton has created a space filled with abysmal sadness - an image that conjures up the darker chapters of Japanese- American history.

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