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Title

1st light

2005

Artist

Paul Chan

Hong Kong, United States of America

1973 –

Alternate image of 1st light by Paul Chan
Alternate image of 1st light by Paul Chan
Alternate image of 1st light by Paul Chan
Alternate image of 1st light by Paul Chan
Alternate image of 1st light by Paul Chan
Alternate image of 1st light by Paul Chan
  • Details

    Date
    2005
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    Materials used
    single channel computer generated projection, colour, silent
    Edition
    2/5 [edition of 5 + 3AP]
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:14:00 min; aspect ratio 4:3; display dimensions variable
    Credit
    Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    313.2016
    Copyright
    © Paul Chan. Courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

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    Works in the collection

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  • About

    A luminous vision of the apocalypse unfurls on the gallery floor. Cars, animals and a bicycle wheel ascend to the heavens. As flotsam rises, human bodies tumble down to earth. Paul Chan’s shadow-play confronts us with a parable of terror and rapturous salvation. Responding to calamities such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the work evokes collective anxieties that we may be living through the ’end of days’. '1st light' belongs to a broader suite of projections which ’hallucinate’ the seven days of biblical creation from dawn to dusk.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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