Gaps. Spaces. The presence of absence.
Since discovering Bruno Catalano‘s sculptures a few days ago, similar themes keep popping up everywhere I look.
Here are three…
Exhibit A: at a lecture I heard the other night, about Art and the Holocaust
An American artist named Shimon Attie created the Writing on the Wall (1991-1993) project in Berlin, projecting pre-Holocaust photographs of the neighborhood’s Jewish residents and shops onto facades of buildings in the same locations where the original images were taken.
I’d love to have seen it. What a weird counterpointing of here and not-here, now and then.
The thing with projections is that they’re literally made of nothing. No substance, just light.
Exhibit B: randomly discovered on the web (which I suppose is itself both everywhere and no-where)
Close relatives to ghosts = endangered species; things-about-to-die.
In Copenhagen in 2008, WWF ran a climate change campaign using ‘beamvertising’ to project a giant panda racing across the cityscape.
The same year, in New York, HBO’s ‘Voyeur’ campaign used a similar projection-on-buildings method to make a statement about the weird doubleness of fiction – how stories can be both invented and yet feel utterly true.
The way invented characters can feel realer than real people, substantial and yet substanceless.
In a word, again: ghosts.
Exhibit C: my newborn nephew
This is self-indulgent, yup.
But what better reminder of the weirdness of presence and absence than the fact that this whole little person now exists.
And yet just a few hours ago, he officially didn’t…