Ann Hamilton - (human carriage)

Archival inkjet print on Museo portfolio rag paper

Each print was an edition of 10 + 2 Artist Proofs
Published with Carl Solway Gallery

Image size (aa through ff): 58.5 x 42 inches, Paper size: 60.5 x 44 inches
Image size (oo through zz): 36 x 25.75 inches, Paper size: 44 x 34 inches

This series of prints developed from the 2009 installation human carriage, commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition "The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1890-1989." Following the curatorial theme of the exhibition, human carriage responded to the forms by which cultural knowledge is transmitted. Using cross-sectioned books made from multiple volumes, physical alignments were made between disparate texts to demonstrate the possibilities for meanings that can occur when a work in translation circulates in a culture far from its origin.

In a system exchanging weight for weightlessness and sound for the silence of reading, the reconfigured book stacks acted within the installation as conceptual counterweights to a wheeled carriage carrying two Tibetan cymbal bells. Propelled by gravity, the carriage descended on a pipe that followed the museum's spiral rotunda. As the book weights were packed for shipment to the museum, they were scanned as a method for recording the inventory.  A new body of work emerged in the form of these archival pigment prints.