Additional pieces like David Smith’s Hudson River Landscape, (1951) and Agnes Denes’, Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space-Map Projections: The Doughnut, (1979) attempt to represent as much physical space as possible without appearing too abstract. However Doug Aitken’s 8-channel video, Electric Earth, (1999) depicts a multi-faceted state of mind. For Aitken, space first exists as a home where a young man seeks time to dream, sleep and watch television. Site becomes even more experiential as the viewer moves outside with the subject, whose body wakes to dance music and moves freely along the city sidewalks at night. After moving past an empty laundromat and parking lot, the dancer’s hands extend to the sky, reaching out to an airplane overhead before a series of intense dance movements, and loud rhythms, camouflage with the specter of city lights. Sites, cuts across various media and preserves the concept of three-dimensional space as an ever-changing but subjective moment, one that remains completely new.
Jill Conner is an art critic and curator based in New York City. She is currently the New York Editor for Whitehot Magazine and writes for other publications such as Afterimage, ArtUS, Sculpture and Art in America.
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