IAIN MACHELL   Drawings and Sculpture
"I Can't See Myself/ I Can't Hear Myself" Site-Specific Installation in Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly MA
video tape, audio tape residue, reversed text, 6 hours of taped self-revelations
variable dimensions
In a long corridor space, one wall is covered by a "fence" of stretched video tape, which has recorded on it 6 hours of angry self-revelations. The tape "fence" almost obscures the reversed text on the wall "I can't see myself". Across on the opposite wall, the same 6 hours of self-revelations on audio tape is rubbed into the wall, dissolving the magnetic information with solvents into a brown stain and underlining the reversed text "I can't hear myself". The inability to communicate with myself is reflected for the viewer by the inaccessibility of the audio tape which cannot be heard, and the video tape which cannot be seen.
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