Perfectly Clear depicts a 3D-animated hand cleaning a dirty window. We see it moving methodically behind the glass pane, obscured by layers of dust, dirt and grime which are slowly erased.
The hand was created through a combination of motion capture — involving a performer with gyroscopic sensors on her fingers — translated onto a digital scan of the artist’s own hand. The awkward gestures, coupled with a quiet, circular narrative, contrasts with the dramatic and hyperreal rendering that has become commonplace in Hollywood.
The work considers how much experience is now mediated through screens, our tactile interaction with them, and how this can both clarify and obscure the virtual and physical worlds. With painstaking attention to everyday details, Perfectly Clear offers an uneasy meditative space where watching soapy water drip down the surface of the glass, or a dust cloth rub against it, both draws us in and prevents us from ever gaining a clear view.
6 - 20 November
For two weeks from dusk, we are also presenting Jessica Wilson's computer-generated animation Smile Driver (2019) in Soho Photography Quarter.
Jessica Wilson makes computer-generated animations, installations, and 3D-rendered flat works with sensitivity to the somatic and material effects of phantasmal or virtual systems.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include Tallinn Photomonth 23, Tallinn Estonia (2023), “Perfectly Clear” with Kai Matsumiya, Basel, Switzerland (2023), “The Painters New Tools” Nahmad Contemporary, New York (2022); “Under the Hood” Riga Technoculture Research Unit, Riga, Latvia (2022); “Screen Series: Jessica Wilson”, New Museum, New York (2020), “Not Normally at Rest,” Page (NYC), New York (2020); and “Faulty Bulb,” Crush Curatorial, New York (2019). Her works have been included in screenings and film festivals including at Callie’s, Berlin (2023), International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2020); Global Anesthetics, Athens, Greece (2019); Art Metropole at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada (2019); and Pioneer Works, New York (2018). She is a resident artist for 2023-24 at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Computer generated animation, 23:25, 2020-2023
Sound: Sydney Spann