In "Doubling Back", two identical travelling waves migrate very slowly across each other’s paths at a 90-degree angle to one another. The film is projected not in mid-air but closely hugging the adjacent wall within an empty 'gallery' space. The air is thickened with a mist, which makes palpably visible a giant, three-dimensional, curvilinear object whose internal chambers very gradually expand, contract and mutate. The spectator is free to enter and explore this sculptural form. Halfway through, the piece reverses direction and the same spatial transformations are repeated in reverse order. The film is complete when the form arrives back where it began.
Anthony McCall (USA) is well known for his films from the seventies, and in particular his seminal piece "Line Describing a Cone" from 1973 in which a sculptural form composed of projected light slowly evolves in three-dimensional space. "Doubling Back", first shown at the 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York, is one of a new series of projected, sculptural installations which include vertically-oriented pieces such as "Breath" and "Between You and I". Recent solo exhibitions include Centre Pompidou / La Maison Rouge, Foundation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France, 2004: "Anthony McCall: Films de Lumičre Solide. "Gagosian Gallery, London, 2004; Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, 2006; and Peer Gallery at the Round Chapel, London, 2006. McCall has been the subject of a recent monograph written by Branden W. Joseph and published by Steidl, "Anthony McCall: The Solid Light Films and Related Works". McCall lives and works in New York.
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