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Frank Gillette

University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University

Aransas, an installation of six-channel video and SX-70 photosets by Frank Gillette, is an approach to landscape grounded in both observational strategy and intuitive process. Using 34 locations in Aransas, a seemingly uninhabited area of Texas comprised of bays, tidal flats, prairies and seashore, the artist randomly selected axis points for videotaping within the region. However, once the axis points were arbitrarily determined, camera angles were defined through strict numerical systems. In selecting the axis point, and then shooting out from that coordinate, the artist placed himself within the landscape—not the traditional observer peering in, but a practitioner looking out.

In editing, the sequences were temporally orchestrated, time made to function as a visual adjunct to color and composition. Although Gillette relied on conventional camera techniques—pans, close-ups and tracking

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