Lismore Castle Gallery, Lismore, Co Waterford Until October 15 lismorecastlearts.ie
Anthony McCall is well known not only for his work, which confounds conventional categories by encompassing elements of film, drawing, sculpture and performance, but also for a 20-year hiatus from the end of the 1970s when he abstained from artistic pursuits. Prior to that, he had produced highly regarded experimental films including Landscape For Fire in 1972, Line Describing a Cone, 1973, and Five Minute Drawing, 1974, all of which feature – the latter two in revised, 2010 and 2007 versions – in this show. After that we leap forward to 2013 and last year for his more recent work. Fire dominates Landscape For Fire, but from there on McCall sets about deconstructing film, stripping it down to its basic components, “time and light and removing the screen entirely.” Instead, beams of light sculpt forms in haze-filled rooms.