opening reception: Friday, November 1, 2013 | 8-11pm | members & basspass: free | non-members: $10
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TIME presents a selection of historical and contemporary artworks, objects and artists’ projects that engage with ideas of time. Throughout history, philosophers and scientists have advanced new – sometimes conflicting – ideas regarding the nature and perception of time. Current thought on the subject based upon quantum physics is extremely complex. Nevertheless, our finite lifespan seems to have endowed us with an intuition of time, even if we have not considered its precise character. The concept of time enables us to live with a sense of order and regularity; to conceive of duration; past, present and future; and to maintain a sense of our place within this apparent continuum.
This exhibition explores the subject of time through a number of different means. It includes apparatus for measuring time in the form of several historical decorative clocks, presented alongside Torsten Lauschmann’s artwork, an idiosyncratic hand-powered ‘digital’ clock. Two artists’ projects explore the transformative nature of time, Hernan Bas’s A Queer and Curious Cabinet and Manny Prieres’s It was a Pleasure to Burn. Based upon historical cabinets of curiosities, Bas has created a cabinet room to display intriguing objects that he has collected over a number of years. Some of these artifacts would once have been quite common, but have become rare curios over the passage of time. Prieres’s work also engages with time’s transformative nature. By presenting a series of covers of controversial and censored books, Prieres demonstrates how work that was once judged as ‘dangerous’ may be interpreted differently by later generations.
By contrast, Eadweard Muybridge’s and Idris Khan’s works exploit photographic media’s ability to ‘capture’ periods of time. Muybridge photographed various actions – most famously, a running horse – using a bank of specially-designed cameras. This allowed him to break down movement into its constituent parts, enabling the viewer to analyze these actions in detail. Over one hundred years later, Khan used digital techniques to create two films which layer the sound and image of musicians playing celebrated musical scores; Bach in one work and Schubert in the other. In these two films, Khan layers time so that we can simultaneously see and hear a number of different interpretations of a piece of music.
Like a number of TIME’s participating artists, Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş use art from previous eras as the starting point for their artwork. Utilizing the Bass Museum of Art’s historical collection, Pirici and Pelmuş will choreograph performative reenactments based upon some of the artworks exhibited in the galleries and held in the museum’s storage. This approach is similar to that used in their celebrated work An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale, performed in the Romanian Pavilion at the renowned Italian art festival in 2013. At the Bass Museum of Art, Pirici and Pelmuş will substitute the live presence and action of the performers for the material objects in a durational work that will take place over several days during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Finally, Lorraine O’Grady’s Miscegenated Family Album adopts yet another approach to time. Consisting of a series of photographic diptychs which juxtapose images of Ancient Egyptian statues of Queen Nefertiti and photographs of O’Grady’s sister Devonia and her family, the work draws parallels between the lives of these two women, who were divided by thousands of years.
Digital Clock (Growing Zeros), 2010
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Courtesy of the artist