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Anthony McCall. ‘Solid Light, Performance and Public Works’

— The first Spanish survey of Anthony McCall

31 May — 30 October 2016

Anthony McCall, "Face to Face III" (2013/2014), Installation view, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Courtesy the artist

Fundació Gaspar presents 'Solid Light, Performance and Public Works' the first Spanish survey of the work of British-born, New York-based artist Anthony McCall (born 1946). The exhibition displays important films alongside 'Solid Light' installation works spanning the artist’s career, including the premiere of 'Coming About' (2016), created especially for the occasion.

Anthony McCall has a cross-disciplinary practice in which film, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance overlap. He is best known for his ground-breaking Solid Light installations, which explore the sculptural qualities of the light emitted by film projectors, bridging the boundaries between the material and immaterial, and returning to the essential qualities of film: light and time. These installations invite the viewer to participate in a truly immersive spectacle and create both a direct sensory experience and an investigation into spectatorship, space and beauty.

Works on display include the seven-minute film Landscape for Fire (1972), the room-sized installation Circulation Figures (1972), and the vertical work Between You and I (2006), which uses a traditional narrative cinema device for scene transitions called ‘the wipe’ in conjunction with conical, three-dimensional projected light forms.

Encompassing the full range of expressive media used by McCall, the exhibition highlights the interactivity of the works as well as the artist’s use of space as a visual and plastic element rather than a neutral container. The exhibition will be accompanied by a consultation room devoted to McCall’s works on paper, drawings, schematic diagrams, photographs and projects for open-air spaces.

'Solid Light, Performance and Public Works' by Anthony McCall ©Carlos Collado

‘Solid Light, Performance and Public Works’ by Anthony McCall ©Carlos Collado

'Solid Light, Performance and Public Works' by Anthony McCall ©Carlos Collado

‘Solid Light, Performance and Public Works’ by Anthony McCall ©Carlos Collado