Anthony McCall

American, born England (London, England, 1946)

You and I, Horizontal

installation | computer, computer script, video projector, and haze machine, 50 min. cycle in six parts
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  • You and I, Horizontal

    Anthony McCall, You and I, Horizontal, 2005; computer, computer script, video projector, and haze machine, 50 min. cycle in six parts, dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Anthony McCall; photo: Blaise Adilon

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.

Dimensions variable
Acquired 2006
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Anthony McCall


light, projection, silhouettes, beams, participation, interaction, haze

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