February 7 – Tacita Dean Film Project, Arcadia University

February 7 – April 21, 2013
JG a film project by Tacita Dean

Lecture by Tacita Dean

Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m.
Commons Great Room (map #14)

Reception follows; film will be on view from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Event is free; Reservation required.
Please register online.

Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of JG by internationally acclaimed British-born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. Commissioned by and made for the gallery, JG is funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will be on view from February 7 through April 21, 2013.

JG is a sequel in technique to FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. It is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) regarding connections between his short story “The Voices of Time” (1960) and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both works, 1970). The new 26 1/2 minute work is a looped 35mm anamorphic film shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and Southern California using Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. An  unprecedented departure from her previous 16mm films, JG tries to respond to Ballard’s challenge–posed to her shortly before he died–that Dean should “treat the Spiral Jetty as a mystery her film would solve.”

For more information and shuttle registration, please visit Arcadia University Art Gallery.