Wednesday, July 22, 2009

snapshot • Rico becoming art

Rico clutches at paper dropped like rain from the ceiling of the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. The paper is dropped automatically - but carefully regulated - from the ceiling by machines, and glides down, gently accumulating on the floor. It's an interesting piece by the American multi-media artist Ann Hamilton. On one of my visits to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams, the big room (the largest indoor art space in the country) was outfitted with a larger version of this piece (I'll post some photos of this piece later), which included sound, with speakers moving up and down within the space. It was a very powerful piece. It's also interesting to see how people interact with the paper on the floor, or as it descends, leaf-like from the high, beamed industrial ceiling. Kids love it. And as you can see in the above photo, so do some adults. 

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