The concept of time is a constant preoccupation of Tacita Dean’s, and one of the central subjects of her new 26 1/2 minute film, "JG," commissioned by the Arcadia University Art Gallery with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and on view through April 21. "JG" is inspired by Dean's correspondence with British author J. G. Ballard regarding the connections between his short story, “The Voices of Time” (1960), and Robert Smithson’s massive earthwork and film, "Spiral Jetty" (1970). Shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and Southern California, the film features Dean's recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. In our exclusive interview with the artist, she speaks softly but emphatically about time’s myriad forms, from the geological and the celestial to the biological or the structural.

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