Phil Solomon: Two Installations
Preview of American Falls Phil Solomon, 2008
You'll be one of the first to experience "EMPIRE," a high-definition installation that is making its world premiere here. Could there be a connection between Solomon's installation, set within the popular videogame Grand Theft Auto IV, and the film titled Empire on view in the Andy Warhol exhibition? You'll have to stop by and find out.
The second installation, American Falls, is a looped 30-minute preview version of a larger, epic "cine-mural" that Solomon is creating as an installation for the rotunda at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it will be shown in autumn 2009. Inspired by Frederic Church's sublime 19th-century painting Niagara (in the Corcoran's permanent collection) and WPA murals of the 1930s, the mesmerizing American Falls employs Solomon's astonishing cinematic techniques to create an expressive, poetic vision of American history in constant motion. Solomon has said that "my project American Falls is ultimately one of great hope, stemming from a life-long love for this American experiment of ours…but it is also necessitated by my deepest concern for its present and future directions."
The installations are on view during regular gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 8 PM; Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 11 AM to 6 PM. Admission to the installations is included with any same-day film, performance, or Warhol exhibition ticket.
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