Nan Hoover, 1975, 28'52''

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Enclosed by a roll of paper and ambient music, Hoover here creates poetic, evocative images of herself, which, in their abstraction, have great visual qualities. She bends, stretches and folds herself until she has reached the image with the greatest power of expression. Blindfolded and with her mouth open, she depersonifies herself into her own instrument. Light, shadow, and her face and hands are the most important ingredients, with contrasts as the product. Just as Rembrandt, in a seventeenth-century manner, painted with light, so does Hoover in a twentieth-century way. Although in this work the level of abstraction is not quite as high as that reached by Hoover in later work, the video gives us a clear image of this artist's working methods.

  • Date: 1975
  • Length: 28'52''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction, body art, performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), body, light, movement