Anthony McCallAmerican (London, England, 1946)
You and I, Horizontal
The British-born McCall, a pioneer in the history of experimental cinema and installation art, merges film, drawing, and performance in his practice. From 1973-75 he developed his solid light films, which emphasize the sculptural qualities of a light beam as it comes in contact with particles in the air; in this case, vapor from a theatrical haze machine.
We become active participants in his work by interacting with the three-dimensional ray. The artist also draws our attention to the projector itself and to the slowly evolving image (various combinations of an ellipse, a floating line, and a traveling wave) that is cast onto the wall of the gallery.
You and I, Horizontal belongs to a recent series of installations that translate the vocabulary of McCall's early solid light works, which he produced in 16-millimeter film, into a new medium: a computer script projected digitally.