Vertical Works - Le Grand Café
Vertical Works - Le Grand Café
Vertical Works - Le Grand Café

Exhibition

In the 1970s Anthony McCall, a filmmaker from Britain settled in New York, made a series of films of solid light based on simple geometric figures, in particular the cone, drawn directly onto the film stock. His approach presents itself as an act of radicalism towards cinema: moving away from the screen, projecting a cinema-without-image, affirming the phenomenon of projection in and of itself while at the same time reaffirming the ideas of performance and process that underlie cinematic technique. For Estuaire 2009 Le Grand Café is showing, for the first time in France, a group of Vertical Works made digitally between 2005 and 2009. These works explore in a single gesture the combination of drawing with cinema and with sculpture, showing Anthony McCall to be an artist inscribed in current debates surrounding the mutation of art forms. Playing on the architectural properties of the site, its exceptional height in particular, he invites the public to an experience whereby the body, as if absorbed by McCall's films of solid light, can nestle into an immaterial parcel of space. The visitor becomes "spect-actor" of a silent moment, of a sensorial experience as subtle as it is fascinating.

Artworks

LIFE

Anthony McCall
Meeting You HalFway
2009
Projector, computer, QuickTime Movie, fog machine 15 min
Anthony McCall
Breath III
2005
Projector, digital file, fog machine 15 min
Anthony McCall
Between You and I
2006
Two projectors, computer, QuickTime Movie file, two fog machines 32 min
Anthony McCall
Coupling
2009
Projector, computer, QuickTime Movie, fog machine 16 min

Biography

Born in 1946 in London. Lives and works in New York. The artist is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery (USA). gallery website