Grace Weir

Forgetting (the vanishing point)
2000, video, 9'40"

Forgetting (the vanishing point) is a long take of a real cloud dissipating over time. The cloud completely disappears in 9 minutes and 40 seconds.

The work references a demonstration of linear perspective by Brunelleschi in the 15
th century. Brunelleschi, while devising an apparatus for the viewing of his painting of the baptistry in Florence, did not render the sky above the baptistry in paint, rather it was executed in silver leaf, so that acting as a mirror, it would capture the reflections of the real sky in his perspectival construction. Clouds being chaotic systems constantly forming and dissipating gave the lie to Brunelleschi's definition and rendered the notion of a perspectival order in the very first example obsolete.

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Installation at 3 different nights, recurring at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, including a selection of the artist’s books.
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