Anthony McCall is known for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series that he began in 1973 with his seminal Line Describing a Cone, in which a volumetric form composed of projected light slowly evolves in three-dimensional space.
Occupying a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, his work’s historical importance has been internationally recognized in such exhibitions as Into the Light: the Projected Image in American Art 1964-77 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001-2); The Expanded Screen: Actions and Installations of the Sixties and Seventies at the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2003-4); The Expanded Eye at the Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2006); Beyond Cinema: the Art of Projection at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2006-7); The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Projected Image at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC (2008); The Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); and On Line at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010-11).
McCall’s work has also been exhibited at, amongst others, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2004); Tate Britain, London, England (2004); Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2006); Musée de Rochechouart, France (2007); SFMoMA, San Francisco (2007); Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2007-8); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2009); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (2010); Sprueth Magers/Ambika P3, London, England (2011); the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2011); the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2012); and the Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013).
McCall’s work is represented in numerous collections, including, amongst others, Tate, London, England; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SFMoMA, San Francisco; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Hirshhorn, Washington, DC.
Anthony McCall lives and works in New York.
Lighting is crucial in creating atmosphere. McCall's works are very minimalist, yet very theatrical because of its scale and the contrast between light and the dark. The light projects onto the ground, or on the wall, showing its trails at the same time. I find it reminiscent of the transparency and lightness of chiffon. However, as light travels straight, his works left me wondering if there is a way to make it softer and more organic?