Gesturing Toward the Ellipsis

Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James. 2003. Gesturing Toward the Ellipsis. [Art Object]

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Art Object
Creators: Kreider, Kristen and O'Leary, James
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‘Gesturing Toward the Ellipsis’ is an installation work comprising two lines of poetry that intersecting spatially across an ellipsis. The first line of poetry is placed on a window inside The Slade School of Fine Art; the second line is situated in the portico space fronting University College London, with one word placed on the base of seven out of ten columns. The ellipsis connecting the two lines is constructed by wrapping layers of black felt around the bottoms of the three remaining columns, with part of the their surface remaining exposed. Reading the line of text outside, these three exposed surfaces form an ellipsis at the end of that line. Reading the text inside, a perspectival foreshortening allows the black felt to be read as an ellipsis at the end of the text inscribed on the window. The result is an elliptical connection between the two lines through a visual construct of punctuation. Meanwhile, the viewer’s movement down the stairs, through the doorway, across the quadrangle and into the portico space (and vice versa) enacts a spatial practice of punctuation: a meandering and embodied connection between the two lines.

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Site-specific intervention into the Quad (University College London, UK, 2003)

Keywords: Gesturing toward the ellipsis, Kreider, O'Leary, Kreider + O'Leary
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Item ID: 21209
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 09:30


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