Sunday, January 5, 2014

All That Was (2010)

Past and future tenses, a passive dependent clause, a split-infinitive and a negative conspire to form a text that, in our attempt to ground ourselves within its temporal calculus, slows us. Indeed, it is within this slowness that questions seep in: What is for sale here? Whose land am I on? Why do I move so quickly through the city? Unlike other galleries with texts on their buildings, Raymond Boisjoly's was left to the elements after its commissioning agent, the artist-run Access Gallery, was forced to move due to steepening rents, leaving All That Was (2010) to join the ranks of its prescient title. 

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