Easel in Time, 2013
Easel in Time is a video piece that is part of a series of works based around the sculptural work Easel. Used as a kind of stage prop, a white rectangle panel sits motionless upon Easel whilst the peripheral environment – roadside scenes, silent hallways and lakeside greenery – morph into blended visual sequences that traverse through periods of daylight and dusk. This six minute observational documentary presents a way of looking beyond a framed and subjectified environment by inviting the viewer to hold gaze on a white portion of screen that moves throughout a series of locational interventions.
At first, the act of framing is interrupted by both the white panel and the easel’s wooden legs obstructing the field of view. However, the white canvas is also subject to notions of visibility, as it dissolves into the background, and eventually disintegration as it becomes engulfed by fire. This apparition cycle reveals an uncertain state of being and existence. A secondary video, Lotus Loop, also presents the blank canvas as a transient object that appears in the foreground to conceal a lotus lake and is then lifted away and taken off-screen in a continual loop by an unknown protagonist.
This video was shot throughout the town of Bei Gao, in the North Eastern region of suburban Beijing.