near-away | 2013
Paperback book slices, cheesecloth, string, bookbinder's glue, methyl cellulose, steel wire, newsprint, abaca paper, kraft paper
"near-away pairs artifacts from two previous installations: the husk of a hand shaped by paper from stylus, a 2010 project at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and sliced book fragments re-bound as book weights from the 2009 project human carriage in “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
In this juxtaposition, the hollowness of the shell, the implied hand’s rustle and motion, contrasts the silence and solidity in the strata of multiple texts that form each book weight. The hand's reach connects us to what is near while the book's conjoined texts transport us to the far away. Lightness hangs side by side weight. Gesture side by side stasis."
— Ann Hamilton
Photo credit: Jenny Fine, Joseph Hyde