The Point at Which Time Stands Still
The 24 Hour Gallery and Light Bringer Projects are pleased to present The Point at Which Time Stands Still, an installation by artist Jill D’Agnenica.
D’Agnenica plays with the idea of Time as an artificial and arbitrary construct to which we are enslaved. In researching this piece, she drew on such diverse sources as Cal Tech theoretical cosmologist Sean Carroll, the philosophical musings of Umberto Eco, and even her own harried life. Irrespective of its basis in the observable physical universe, when viewed across cultures and epochs, “time” is a malleable device used to create order. In the 21st century, we rely on GPS satellite time synchronization to structure and coordinate our days, yet we cannot observe time itself -- we only see the physical manifestations of the hands of the clock.
The Point at Which Time Stands Still is D’Agnenica’s irrational yet orderly reaction to the implications of time’s pull. She fills the gallery windows with 720 clocks, each ticking forward from a unique consecutive minute setting. Hundreds of time idioms printed on the clock faces attest to the multiple permutations of time in our lives. D”Agnenica simultaneously displays and disrupts time, exposing how every moment has been choreographed, enthralling and entrapping us in a cyclical dance.
A native of Southern California, D’Agnenica has lived and worked Los Angeles since 1991. Many of her pieces have been located in places where people "happen upon" a situation, unawares, taking viewers beyond their everyday concerns to a moment of reflection and wonder. Explorations of community and interconnection are recurring themes in her work, made manifest at various stages of the art making process, from concept and fabrication to the final presentation of the piece.
D’Agnenica has been the recipient of several grants and awards for her art including an Artist in Community Grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, an Artist's Project Grant from LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), and The Los Angeles Downtown Breakfast Club’s Rose Award for Public Art. Her work has been reviewed in numerous art and mainstream publications. Her project “Angels” was the subject of a documentary, “Los Angeles” by Paul Martinez and Bill Fletcher and was featured in several local and national television programs and documentaries in the US and UK.
The Point at Which Time Stands Still has been made possible through the generosity of crowd-funders through Kickstarter.