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An (in)determinate release in A line as a point of tension, 2008

A line as a point of tension, 2008, uses twine to hoist four wooden frames that lean against each other, forming a precarious structure between collapse and stability.  Tension between the frames and the wall appears indeterminate and may release at any point in time.  A Line as a Point of Tension appears always-already to collapse.

In A Line as a Point of Tension, two objects counter the weight of the frames: (1) a gallery wall where the string ties to an installed eye-hook, and (2) the floor of the gallery.  The tension of the frames against the string allows for them to hoist at indeterminate angles as long as the average of the frames make the angle between the floor closest to the wall and them >90 degrees.

That the average angle between the floor closest to the wall and the frames exceeds 90 degrees implies asymmetry as the principle counter-balance to A Line as a Point of TensionA Line as a Point of Tension does not imply equilibrium. 

The artist surprisingly found the work hoisted every day that he surveyed A Line as a Point of Tension.  However, the artist found one day that A Line as a Point of Tension had been rearranged in a different pattern.  The artist found this quite interesting.  He then rearranged it.

Each frame represents itself as form and content in A Line as a Point of Tension.  In the shape of a square, each frame frames an area always-already in flux.  Each frame serves to arbitrarily delimit its interior from its exterior space.  A Line as Point of Tension recognizes the impossibility of fully dividing an interior from an exterior space.  Time makes this division impossible.

Where does the image of A Line as a Point of Tension end?  If there appears no end to A Line as a Point of Tension, then any image of the work’s autonomy comes from a fracturing or fragmenting of space due to time.  All that keeps A Line as a Point of Tension from collapsing is the tension between itself and the wall of a gallery.  The duration of this tension is unknown.  At any point it might release.  Thus, the artist surprisingly found the work hoisted for the duration of the work, except for one day in his absence it collapsed and someone rearranged it.  The work became collaborative.

A Line as a Point of Tension occupies a liminal space.  In other words, A Line as a Point of Tension attempts to occupy the space of a subject which appears as a threshold.

A line as a point of tension
2008
 
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