WILLIAM LAMSON: AN ACTION FOR THE DELAWARE
JANUARY 19–APRIL 7, 2013
Action for the Delaware features artist William Lamson seemingly standing on the surface of the Delaware river. As the camera comes closer, we see Lamson's struggle to steady himself on a flotation device against the river's current. The challenge of balancing himself while also trying to submerge his support structure under water becomes the focus of the work.
Lamson’s Action can be seen as a metaphor for the creative process, moving between the fiction of his position and the reveal of how the illusion is created. At first, he succeeds in convincing us that he is doing the impossible – standing on water – but then slowly he reveals the mechanism behind his visual trick. Quietly perched atop the current, there is a momentary suspension of belief that the artist is master over this natural force. Ultimately, however, he reveals how dominant the environment is and how helpless he is to control it.
Curated by Nora Burnett Abrams, Action for the Delaware will be presented in the Lu & Chris Law Gallery from January 19 through April 7, 2013. The Members Preview will be held on January 19, 2013 from 6–8PM and the exhibition will open to the public on January 20, 2013 for just 10¢ all day.
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exhibition is sponsored in part by the MCA
Denver Director’s Vision Society and the Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of
the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
image: William Lamson. Action for the Delaware, 2011. HD video, 14 min 9 sec. Courtesy the artist.