MAN THREADING A NEEDLE 1998-1999

Single channel video projected on 59 x 91 cm, (23.3 x 35.8 inch) oil painting 6 minute loop with sound

An oil painting on board, 59 x 91 cm, (23.3 x 35.8 inch), of a man threading a needle sits on an easel. The painting is spot-lit. As one looks on you see the man suddenly blink or gulp. He occasionally makes a desperate attempt to thread the needle. At various moments he hears the sound of a peacock, a passing train and a police siren, this makes him nervous, his body heaves with heavy breathing. The painting most of the time stays still. This effect is achieved by projecting a video of a man threading the needle on a painting of the man threading a needle.

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