Summer, or Grief (1998)

A single-channel videotape in which a sequence of personal, light-filled images alternate with single words and short phrases in a stark white font against black background. The imagery consists of stills, pans, and tracking shots of everyday subjects photographed in and around the artist's country home in upstate New York over the course of several summers. The text, an excerpt from The Conversation by poet Allen Grossman, is an eloquent but dark meditation on grief and the passage of time. The tape is about appearance and interiority, surface and undercurrent, and the coexistence of the dark in the light, apprehension and beauty in common experience.

Color. Sound. 7min. 30 sec.
Camera by Mary Lucier. Edited by Mary Lucier on AVID MCXpress
Text from "The Conversation", by Allen Grossman

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