Black and White...
Nan Hoover, 2001

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‘Black and White...’ is one of Nan Hoover's characteristic video installations presenting a triad of elements: body, light and movement. Throughout her career, Hoover has explored an ambivalent space generated by those three elements through video, which has been an extensive device of her painting practice. This installation consists of three monitors and two lights; the first monitor set outside a dark space displays the same images as the other two monitors in a darkened room. These two monitors show only the movements of the visitor's legs passing through the light on the floor. Like in other installations, silence plays a crucial role. The tranquility of the silent dark space allows the visitor to experience subtle changes of contrast between shadow nd light created with black and white images. In this manner, Hoover relates the visitor to the spatial context and provokes the visitor to observe and digest the ambiguity created by their own movement.

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  • Date: 2001
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction
  • Keywords: installation - closed-circuit video installation, body, light, movement, perception