Arcadia University Art Gallery presents JG: a new film project by Tacita Dean

Media relations and consulting for new film project by an internationally acclaimed artist

Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of JG by internationally acclaimed British-born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. Commissioned by and made for the gallery, and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, JG will be on view from February 7 through April 21, 2013.

JG is a sequel in technique to FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. It is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) regarding connections between Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both works, 1970) and Ballard’s short story The Voices of Time (1960). The new 26-minute work is a looped 35mm anamorphic film shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and Southern California using Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. A radical departure from her previous 16mm films, JG tries to respond to Ballard’s challenge, posed to her shortly before he died, that Dean should “treat the Spiral Jetty as a mystery her film would solve.”

Organized by Arcadia University Art Gallery Director Richard Torchia, the exhibition will commence with a lecture by Dean in the Great Hall of the University Commons, Thursday,Feb. 7, at 6:30 PM, and a reception in the gallery at 7:30. (Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made at arcadia.edu/tacitadean.) 

Read the full press release announcing Tacita Dean’s film project at Arcadia.

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Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery, Tacita Dean, JG, 2013. Color and black & white anamorphic 35mm film with optical sound, 26½ minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery,
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Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery, Tacita Dean, JG, 2013. Color and black & white anamorphic 35mm film with optical sound, 26½ minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery,
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