David Hockney, Snails Space with Vari-Lites, "Painting as Performance", 1995-1996, oil on two canvases, acrylic on canvas-covered masonite, wood dowels, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1995-96, David Hockney, Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy, 2003.31A-X
The installation unfolds as a kind of silent performance that evokes Hockney's experience of designing sets and costumes for operas even as he lost his hearing. In the absence of sound, pure visual experience compensates and suggests a different narrative to every viewer. The title offers a pun and a suggestion from the artist. To sit in this installation through the entire cycle of light shifts is to take time for what Hockney called "the pleasure of looking" that leads us to understand "how beautiful the world is."
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Snails Space with Vari-Lites, "Painting as Performance"
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overall: 84 x 260 x 135 in. (213.4 x 660.4 x 342.9 cm)
© 1995-96, David Hockney
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy
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- oil on two canvases, acrylic on canvas-covered masonite, wood dowels
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