New Museum Projects Art of Amy Granat [Video]

Posted on: June 29th, 2010 at 6:18 am by

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After dark, the New Museum turns on a projector which blasts an epileptic assortment of Rorschach-inkblot-esque images onto the building facade of 243 Bowery.  The looped video is part of a three-pronged exhibition at the museum by artist Amy Granat, dubbed Light 3 Ways.

Light 3 Ways is currently showing through September 19.  Ordinarily the projection is scheduled to run Wednesday through Sunday, between sunset and sunrise, but it was on display last night.

Granat’s project for the New Museum, “Light 3 Ways,” is an exploration of the various ways light can be perceived. The installation consists of three discrete, yet interconnected works, including a sound piece, an outdoor video projection, and a 16mm film installation. The audio work, created in collaboration with Christopher Anderson, is a recording of the sound created when one of Granat’s scratch films passes through a projector. The sound is then enhanced by a synthesizer, and the result can be heard by using the headphones on the staircase landing between the museum’s third and fourth floors. The outdoor projection is an abstract composition of light and dark made from a digitally manipulated video transfer of a scratched 16mm film. The video, which was made through a process of removal or erasure as a means to create a series of images, leaves in its wake an almost ghostly presence on the concrete exterior wall of the building just north of the Museum. Its pulsating biomorphic forms recall the results of a Rorschach print, used by psychologists to gage and record human perception. This component of the installation can be viewed Wednesday through Sunday, sunset to sunrise, from the Bowery or the New Museum’s seventh-floor terrace. The third work consists of three looped 16mm films activated by the viewer’s presence via a motion sensor. These stuttering, delicate films give the illusion of animated drawings. The rhythmic flicker of the white lines dancing against black is wholly absorbing; meditative, almost hypnotic.

What do you see when you look at these images?

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