Fixed Frames for All Who Have Looked Before

Fixed Frames for All Who Have Looked Before

2012
Looped, single channel color HD video and sound
TRT 9:01

This site-responsive installation is constructed from a series of videos shot through antique glass windows while in residence at the Anderson Center main house in Red Wing, Minnesota.  The imperfect surface of the glass bends and warps the exterior view, beyond the shelter of the home and its implied comforts.  The resulting imagery is projected in the exposed wood attic, where the irregular geometry of the architecture, as well as the wood grain, skews the view into oblique angles and unique textures.  The exterior sound from the original window recordings creates a forced perspective where interiority and exteriority are confused.  The projected window frame views become apertures and the surrounding darkened perspective suggests the interior of a camera or negatives on a contact sheet.

Anderson’s Views

A slide projector is placed inside an unseen home, illuminating the exterior view intersected by the mullion grid of the antique window frame. The fixed perspective of each window offers a singular aperture for all visitors to the Anderson Center at Tower View, in Red Wing, Minnesota. The installation is documented by a 15 second exposure during civil-twilight with the camera aligned directly beside or below the projected silhouetted. This framing of the nature implies the presence of shelter, presenting a juxtaposition of interior and exterior, domestic and wild.