An­thony McCall

Lis­more Cas­tle Gallery, Lis­more, Co Water­ford Un­til Oc­to­ber 15 lis­more­castlearts.ie

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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.

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