Chan began the project of these digital projected loops of
With the 3rd
As individuals sometimes walked in front of the projectors, usually by accident or just to shift their points of view, they seemed to not be intrusions but appropriate additions to the passing objects.
The exhibit includes Chan's drawings, collages of paper and charcoal on Styrofoam, and a special drawing of the Marquis de Sade installed in an alcove. The Sade drawing, presented in the genre of costume design, is humorous on the surface, but there's a social message embedded in it, one with a point, so to speak. I can't say more, or I'll ruin it.
It was good to visit the New Museum again after all the hub-bub of the opening exhibit, Unmonumental, and see how well Chan's moving images work in there. I didn't feel the same about the configuration of Tomma Abts paintings on another floor, by the way, - they're too low on the wall, I think, and some a little crooked. Intriguing, well-crafted paintings, yes, but they're lost in space.
For more on the Chan exhibit, see the illuminating online exhibit of Paul Chan's The 7
Image: First floor, New Museum of Contemporary Art. Walking Off the Big Apple. April 16, 2008.