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The changing light on the Hudson River, the river that flows both ways

Here is another fantastic work by Spencer Finch. The River That Flows Both Ways is situated in the windows of a former loading dock in the former Chelsea Market Building alongside the former elevated freight railway in Manhattan that has been transformed into the wonderful High Line Park. The piece, entitled as a a translation of the Native American name for the River Hudson that refers to the way in which it flows in two directions, is composed out of 700 tinted panes of glass that represent the ever-changing, evanescent, multiple hues of the flowing water. Finch undertook a 700 minute journey along the river on a tugboat, photographing its surface every minute. Each pane of glass represents the colour of a single pixel from within each photograph and these are organised into a chronological sequence via a grid arrangement that tracks the journey. Though only a series of snapshots of the innumerable colours of the river that change in responses to the light cast by the angle of the sun and in accordance with season, time of day, weather conditions and water quality, the work honours the particular qualities of light that reflect off the surface of moving water and focuses on how this contributes to a particular sense of place, albeit one that is linear, ever-changing and continuously moving. Spencer Finch 4

January 4th, 2015 - 11:49am

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