Reverberation & Federal Plaza New York City

by Wendy Kirkup

Wendy Kirkup
PhD by practice title: The Practice of Place/ The Place of Practice

The research I am currently undertaking is through a practice based PhD using drawing and film making as methods to explore ideas of ‘place’. Particularly, referencing the disciplines of geography, visual art and film, the research asks the question ‘if single screen moving image work is considered a spatial practice, then, through its movement, how might it be considered to produce ‘place’ as a sort of spatial and temporal ‘event’, while also retaining the capacity to documenting material sites’. The extended temporality of the drawing process, along with its literal retracing of the photographic event forms the subject of this work.

Graphite on paper, (2012)
60 x 21 cm

One of two drawings of consecutive film frames taken from Ernie Gehr’s film Reverberation (1969), the grainy surface of which was created from the repeated re- photographing of the original 8mm film stock.

‘Filmed at and around the World Trade Center’s construction site, Gehr’s mysterious film follows a nameless young couple (Canadian actress Margaret Lamarre and experimental filmmaker Andrew Noren) as they drift either in or out of love’.

Ernie Gehr’s Marvelous Cinema Harvard Film Archive 2008

Federal Plaza New York City
Images downloaded from the internet and redrawn in graphite on paper, (2012)
120 x 21 cm

Once the site for Richard Serra’s sculpture ‘Tilted Arc’ (1981), Federal Plaza, New York City, is the location of U.S. administrative buildings including the Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building and James L. Watson U.S. Court of International Trade Building. The 41 story office tower houses a number of federal government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City district field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Date: June 19, 2012

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