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Spencer Finch: The River That Flows Both Ways
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Sep 07, 2012 - Open Run
Gansevoort St. to W. 30th St.
New York, NY 10011
212-500-6035
Nearest Subways
A,C,E,L at 14 St
1 at 18 St
A,C,E,L at 8 Av
A,C,E at 34 St-Penn Station
F,L,M,1,2,3 at 14 St (6th and 7th Ave)
Inspired by the Hudson River, Spencer Finch's 'The River That Flows Both Ways' documents a 700-minute (11 hours, 40 minutes) journey on the river in a single day. The title is a translation of Muhheakantuck, the Native American name for the Hudson that refers to the river's natural flow in two directions. Like the rail line that existed on the High Line, the Hudson River was, and still is, an active route for the transportation of goods into Manhattan. The river and the High Line have always been linked in their geography, their function, and their imprints on the industrial legacy of the city. From a tugboat drifting on Manhattan's west side and past the High Line, Finch photographed the river's surface once every minute. The color of each pane of glass was based on a single pixel point in each photograph and arranged chronologically in the tunnel's existing steel mullions. Time is translated into a grid, reading from left to right and top to bottom, capturing the varied reflective and translucent conditions of the water's surface. The work, like the river, is experienced differently depending on the light levels and atmospheric conditions of the site. In this narrative orientation, the glass reveals Finch's impossible quest for the color of water.
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