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Paul Chan, 6th Light (2007)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
This work by artist, writer, and filmmaker Paul Chan is part of a series of seven pieces that suggests the seven days of God's creation from dawn to dusk, and explores themes of the sacred and the profane as well as temptation and renunciation through the use of the iconography of our contemporary world. The first six works are composed of a single digital animation projected variously onto a floor, wall, or corner. The final piece is a drawing with an abstract musical score for an as-yet-unmade projection. Structured as 14-minute cycles of day and night, each contains a "four-sided wedge of light," a window through which we can glimpse shadows of the world beyond. At the beginning of the series, the shadows are mostly of tangible things such as lampposts, cell phones, people, and animals. In later works, they become more abstract and pass by with less frequency, implying a process of fragmentation and dissolution. 6th Light is part apocalyptic, seeming to reference both 9/11 and the Last Judgment, but it also offers the potential for new beginnings as forms fall and rise in space.
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Source: Walker Art Center. Extended label for Paul Chan, 6th Light, from the exhibition Event Horizon, November 21, 2009 to August 26, 2012.
Rights: Copyright 2009 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: November 25, 2009