Homage to the Wind (US)
Gail Wight (US)
For nearly three decades, Josef Albers created hundreds of paintings and prints that explored chromatic interaction, collectively titled Homage to the Square. These paintings, along with his publication the Interaction of Color, considered the importance of context in our experience of color. Homage to the Wind borrows the structure of Albers’ Homage paintings to tease out how context impacts our experience of our environment. Moving images of sky, ocean waves, fields of grass, tide pools, and trees are used to construct concentric rectangles. What emerges are disruptive color shifts, an ‘emptiness’ that suddenly fills with life, a surreptitious scale, and a convergence of texture, motion, and hue. Each section of video is vastly different in subject matter: tiny fronds of seaweed gently sway in a tide pool, massive trees bow furiously in gusts, and birds tumble beneath seething clouds. While the overlapping fields accentuate Albers’ color experiments, the passage of time allows other relationships to become visible, revealing the striking constancy of the wind.
Gail Wight holds an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute where she was a Javits Fellow, and a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. Her exhibition record includes over a dozen solo exhibits throughout North America and Great Britain, and her work has been collected by numerous institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Yale University, and Centro Andaluz de Art Contemporaneo, Spain. Among her many artist residencies are western Australia’s Symbiotica, Art & Archaeology at Stonehenge, the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, and San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Wight is an Associate Professor in Stanford University’s Department of Art & Art History, where she directs Experimental Media Arts in the Art Practice program. Her work is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco.