Like Ships In The Night : 13 hours : Beijing / NY continues my exploration of the phenomenon of light and the collapse of time and distance. In examining the act of looking as a matter of faith, belief, and desire the viewer’s personal experience is projected into the void - the sublime as a moment of surrender to a natural rite so overwhelming as to seem incomprehensible. In this work the sun is seen as a manifestation of the sublime – the emanations of a decaying star bathing us in its ephemeral glow, forcing us into silence.
The video forces the routine progression of the sun's journey into a momentary existence in which we are freed from notions of time zones and distance. In Like Ships In The Night... the sunrise and sunset, events that occur roughly at the same moment on opposite sides of the world (technically 13 hours apart), unfold in unison over the grounding horizon line. As the sky changes and the horizon begins to soak up its colors we watch the sun move in what seems to the viewer two different paths. As the sun encounters itself the doubled spheres seem to kiss, hanging onto each other with the most minimal touch, soaking up each other’s bright light, becoming one sun. In that instance the distinction between rising and setting is forgotten.
Inspired in part by a stanza from Longfellow's "Theologian's Tale,"
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
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