Brian Burnett
Platonic Compressions
2000
Digital video, wood, glass, acrylic plastic, foam, brick, insulation, enamel, cardboard, aluminum, cloth, crab apples
120x 96x 36
Recessed into the gallery wall, rests a framed pyramid. The structure is sealed with glass on all sides except for the front face. Inside the recessed wall exists striations of stacked organic and man-made materials. The transparent chamber served as a compressed record of layered video images and objects collected while walking through ambiguous environments. The delicate balance between collecting the remnants and traversing through unfamiliar terrains generated a working model for idling, being, and doing. The act of walking and collecting was a means to compartmentalize or neutralize the void between the displacement of the body and object. The exchange between these “sites” (gallery, objects, and other places) mirrored the dispositions of one another. Aesthetically, the projected video images were prismatically fragmented by the glass and mimicked the varied striations of materials stacked into the recesses of the wall. Surprisingly, both were barely discernable enough to regard as familiar.
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