Urban Video Project and Light Work are pleased to announce the exhibition of table (2013-2014), a new piece by celebrated multimedia artist, Ann Hamilton, at UVP Everson from April 8 – May 31, 2014.
Hamilton will present an artist talk on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm in the Everson’s Hosmer Auditorium. A reception and special Tuesday night screening will follow on the plaza, weather permitting. The talk and reception will be FREE & OPEN to the public.
About the Work
Can the weight in the touch of a percussionist’s hand be visualized? How can a recording reveal the many subtle actions that bring forth musical virtuosity? What is the space between hearing and seeing, and how do we—the viewer-hearers—occupy this space? Inspired by the variety shows of his youth, composer David Lang envisioned a nearly impossible synchronization of two percussionists when he originally wrote the composition, “Table of Contents”. After seeing a performance in 2011 by percussionists Susan Powell and Joseph Kryger, who were the first to perform the work as Lang originally envisioned, Hamilton imagined attaching an array of low-resolution mini surveillance cameras to the hands of the percussionists and instruments. In the resulting video piece, Hamilton’s table, the cameras occupy the gap between hearing and seeing, and the edit generates a counter rhythm, a back-and-forth that brings us intimately into “impossible” virtuosity.
(Please note that the title of Hamilton’s piece, which originally appeared as table of contents, was shortened to table at the request of the artist to further distinguish it from Lang’s composition.)
Music composed by David Lang
Musicians: Pendulum Percussion Duo (Susan Powell and Joseph Krygier)
Editing: Jason Mulhausen and Daniel Shellenbarger
Sound Engineer : Mark Rubinstein
About the Artist
Born in Lima, Ohio, in 1956, Ann Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art.
Among her many honors, Hamilton has been the recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the world. Her major museum installations include Park Avenue Armory (2013); The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2010); The Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009); Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan (2006); La Maison Rouge Fondation de Antoine Galbert, Paris, France (2005); Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2004); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2003); The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2003, 1991); The Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden (2002); Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Japan (2001); The Musee d’art Contemporain, Lyon, France (1997); The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (1996); The Art Institute of Chicago (1995); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); The Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1994); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1993); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988).
View the artist’s website: annhamiltonstudio.com
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.