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Heather Carson
Phantom Galleries LA -
12619 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
May 14, 2007 - June 10, 2007

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Heather Carson


269 Beverly Drive

SW corner Beverly Drive and Dayton Way

May 14–June 10


Sandwiched between an Arthur Murray dance studio and an old

Pottery Barn in an especially small town–like swatch of Beverly Hills,

a group of metal cubes, their skeletons highlighted by fluorescent

bulbs, sits in a lonesome abandoned storefront. There, they light up

and dim out every few seconds, enacting a poignant rise-and-fall,

cradle-to-grave saga, like a fifty-first-century Henry Moore family

group, distilled from too-solid flesh to pure electronic DNA. Or maybe

they’re more like a passel of stress-position cages in some Gitmo on

Ice Station Zebra? Heather Carson first came onto my radar as the

creator of offbeat waves of icy light in Richard Foreman’s New York

theater productions of the late '80s and early '90s. The fluorescent

bulb, undimmable and untamable, means a lot to her—maybe

because it's so constitutionally opposed to the softness, roundness,

and “humanness” of conventional theater lighting. Here, the bulb acts

a very different part from the one it plays in the Dan Flavin summer

blockbuster across town: Carson’s light has an implacably individual,

quirky personality—a perfume. And the inhale-exhale tempo of

Carson’s on-off switch, combined with the work’s peculiar location,

gives it an allegorical quality: You feel as if you’re standing before the

churning cardiac system of the City of Dreams.

Matthew Wilder


Light Action: light/CONCENTRIC,

2007, seventy-two fluorescent

fixtures, thirty sodium vapor fixtures,

aluminum pipe, speed-rail fittings,

conduit, junction boxes, conduit

clamps, digital relay switches, and

computer control, 9' 7" x 10' 3" x 60'.

Installation view.

Posted by Heather Carson on 5/25/07 | tags: installation light

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