Flash Art (Circles and Rectangles)

2010 | 00:05:10 | United States | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Chicago Art, Image Processing, Photography

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Decidedly low-tech, this optical abstraction begins with a shot of an aluminum reflector inside a lamp; a lightbulb in the shot’s center flicks on and off. As the video plays on, nearly identical shots are superimposed, but at a steadily decreasing scale, resulting in an array of nested rectangles. The rhythmic blinking of intense light- accompanied by audible clicks from the plastic light switch- presents the viewer with a swift progression of blinding geometries, (with) dizzying effects.

-- Michelle Grabner, Artforum, May 2010