New York

Charles Ross

Dwan Gallery

Something was still missing from Charles Ross’ “Sunlight Dispersions” at Dwan that might have made them major art; still, they were the most purposeful and interesting of Ross’s works that I’ve seen. The formal interest of his prisms has always been slight, and the use of them to connect optical and sculptural space seemingly as a foil for Constructivism has always struck me as a one-shot idea. But the dispersion events finally began to put the prisms to work.

Ross arranged a battery of horizontal prisms to fill the frame of a window in his studio and then filmed the spectra produced by incident sunlight as they glided across wall and floor or over a sort of still-life arrangement of table and chair, potted plant, and coffee cup. Different passages were filmed at various times during the day and year and were assembled into three film loops which comprised most of this show.

It seems that

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