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Left to right: Sarah Morris, J. Edgar Hoover (1), 2001. Sarah Morris, J. Edgar Hoover (2), 2001, Darren Almond, 2002, 2002.


Darren Almond and Sarah Morris

Galerie Max Hetzler | Oudenarder Strasse
Oudenarder Strasse 16-20
January 11–March 2, 2002

What do time and space look like? In this exhibition, Darren Almond and Sarah Morris propose concrete answers to a question that has inspired countless philosophical inquiries. Almond has produced an oversized clock that not only displays local time but also unveils the rudimentary mechanics behind the passing minutes of the day. A white barrel with the necessary numerical combinations printed in bright red rotates behind a digital display frame. These combinations can be deciphered only in the display; at the back of the clock, they appear as hieroglyphs from a pre-industrial age. Morris offers two paintings awash in vibrant, glossy color from the series “J. Edgar Hoover,” 2001, her abstract rendition of the CIA headquarters in Washington, DC. The paintings transform an otherwise functional facade into an intense 3-D colorscape that seems custom-made for the pleasures of a high-end computer game. Together Almond’s and Morris’s works call into question the abstract nature of the modernist grid. Here, a uniquely human presence reasserts itself against a functionalism that would eradicate the possibility of human error.