I love you Forever
(First installed in a sea container as part of the 96 Containers, Art Across Oceans exhibition in Copenhagen Denmark.)
The nature of a sea container is to travel from port to port, an itinerant carrier of goods from one part of the world to another. In this work, the video image inside the container coincides with the emotional experience of being "at sea", of having no real sense of home.
Camera moves (e.g. moving forward as the lens pulls back) create a feeling of being unsettled, of being caught in a moment of indecision. The scene alternates between a drive through frozen prairie and an unsteady view of a large house, mimicking the psychological states of erratic decision and sudden paralysis.
I know that you lie to me
I imagine coming home earlier than expected and perhaps...
(but I know that you lie to me)
The visitor enters the container and faces a large pale video projection showing a vast prairie and a gabled house at the edge of town. The image has been overexposed and recorded on an overcast day. A zoom lens keeps the image in exactly the same position relative to the frame as the camera slowly moves away. Done flawlessly, the sensation on the part of the viewer would be one of remaining still. But the slight inaccuracies of the camera work create a sense of moving away, even as the image continues to fill the back wall. The foreground drifts to the right, as the background slips farther over to the left.The camera proceeds forward, the lens pulls back, and the images remains in a restless but relatively stable position. This back and forth, push and pull, rhythm of attraction and resistance continues throughout the piece.
The narration details expectations, disappointments, suspicions, and longing, tracing the tidal pulls of the heart.
Thousands of fortune cookies cover the floor, scattered below the "horizon" of the image.
(1996) 96 Containers, Art Across Oceans,
Copenhagen Denmark. North American curators Louise Dompierre and Patrick Murphy (catalog)
(1996) Nausea, University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, curated by Jeffrey Spalding
NYTIMES, published: August 28, 1996:"... In the visual arts, the prize for originality here has gone to a show called ''Container '96 -- Art Across Oceans,'' in which 96 artists from harbor cities around the world were invited to create installations in 96 white ship containers placed in a sort of ''container village'' in Copenhagen's port area. Before the show ends next weekend, it will have received more than 90,000 visitors. The ''village,'' with containers stacked as many as three high and linked by metal stairs and bridges, is divided into nine regions, providing an insight into how contemporary artists from far afield confront an identical challenge..."