David Chesworth, The Long Take

12-16 December 2017

In 2012, when visiting Gerhard Richter’s 6 Gray Mirrors at Dia:Beacon in upstate New York, I inadvertently dislodged a small stone caught in my shoe that noisily hit the metal skirting board near one of the large mirrors. The stone-on-metal collision reverberated within Richter’s room. The loud unexpected sound was immediately present to me, in contrast to the elusive “and/or” of Richter’s gray mirrors. It created an alternative framing of the artwork that was sonic and temporal. Was the stone event also part of the artwork?

The Long Take is a composition of component artworks; created as a tool to research spatial and durational framings like those I encountered within four artists’ artworks at Dia:Beacon (Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson, Robert Ryman and Max Neuhaus).

The Long Take forms the practical component of my doctoral thesis, “Why All The Noise? An exploration of auditory and durational encounters of four artworks at Dia:Beacon, New York State, USA; how these artworks and my practical research function as machinic systems of cinematic thought.”

David Chesworth, The Long Take