Stand


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Stand

2003, DVD, 27 minutes, 45 seconds

The artist stands plastic figures on a busy street. The figures are run over by cars. The artist sets them up to repeat the process again and again regardless of their condition. The action is both pathetic and futile, though oddly optimistic.

The piece is shown in real time; there are no edits from the first set-up of the figures in the beginning until the final moments which are eerily scored by the sound of a running lawnmower.


Artist Notes:

I shot this piece twice seeking the proper effect. It is a long piece without much "action" and that is the way it is meant to be. When you come upon it, it doesn't take long for you to see what the process is. From that point you can watch as much or as little as you'd like.

At a gallery showing I projected it onto a wall. It was very effective at that size. If I were to do anything differently, it would be to set the camera focus on the manual setting.