Space Holes

Hermine Freed

1976 | 00:07:39 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Film or Videomaking

Using color video Freed captures three mirrors in various positions on a grassy lawn. As the title suggests, Freed employs reflections in the work to signify video’s intrinsic quality of spatial manipulation. In the mirrors, we catch ephemeral glimpses of Freed’s family and friends, surrounding nature and various structures such as nearby seating or an old wooden fence. Across this reflective diptych, Freed manipulates the angle and orientation of the mirrors to divide otherwise uniform textures, frame portraits with juxtaposing perspectives and interfere with anticipated spatial relationships through movement between the frames. The video features abrupt cuts as Freed frequently jumps between angles, rarely lingering on a particular shot for more than a second or two. This fast paced editing results in a jittery, disjointed soundtrack that combines with Freed’s evisceration of her environment to create a potent and compelling meditation on spacial representation in video.

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