Christian Giroux and Daniel Young
22 January 2010 - 6 March 2010
Opening Reception 22 January 2010 8pm
50 LIGHT FIXTURES FROM HOME DEPOT
Premiere of the new 35mm film by Christian Giroux and Daniel Young
“In the bleak mid-winter frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone” —Christina Rossetti, 1872
Two concurrent exhibitions at Mercer Union pay tribute to the wintry theme of the waning of light. The eponymous 50 Light Fixtures from Home Depot, the latest 35mm film by Christian Giroux and Daniel Young is a looping series of static shots of an idealized “white cube” illuminated by the varying glow of mass produced fixtures. Displayed one by one, the fixtures create a portrait of white light—an expanding taxonomy of hues ranging from purple to yellow. The film is a nod to the artificial production of space and the sinister character of interior design’s industrialization of light atmospheres. Projected at life-size, the image suggests a lived architectural dimension. A stage backdrop frighteningly bleak yet satisfyingly complete as a data set; the incremental differences in an otherwise flat horizon creating a series of events. As each image cycles from illumination to blackout, we witness the endless forwards-backwards pull that is the very condition of eclipse.