February 25, 2012

Recto/Verso: Video by Ann Hamilton

Colgate University
Ann Hamilton’s (aleph • video), 1992/1993.
Video, color, sound, 30:00 (loop); LCD screen; laser disc; laser disc player 3.5 x 4.5 inches (screen).

A partial retrospective of Ann Hamilton’s video and pinhole camera work is on display at Colgate University, in both the Picker Art Gallery and the Clifford Art Gallery. 


The exhibition examines, in depth, one element of the complex installations created across the artist’s career, looking at consistent threads that deal with gesture, the senses and the body, voice and language, time and duration, history and community. The videos on display in the Picker Gallery tend to feature essential actions monotonously repeated—pouring, reaching, unraveling, polishing, writing, drawing, erasing, stitching, knitting, breathing, spinning, walking—unremarkable in themselves but made strange either by isolation or by context.


In the Clifford Gallery, videos are juxtaposed with pinhole images, some of which were made on the Colgate campus by members of the Colgate staff and student body, others from Hamilton’s ongoing series “Face to Face.”


Ann Hamilton is recognized internationally for her richly layered, multidisciplinary installations that include written language, both two- and three-dimensional visual imagery, and video. Just a few of her honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (1999) and the invitation to represent the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale.


The exhibitions at Colgate University are supported in part by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 272 full-time faculty-scholars. Colgate offers 51 majors, including theater, film and media studies, music, visual arts, and creative writing, to a diverse student body of 2,900 undergraduate students. The university’s 515-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.


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