Patrick Clancy

Houston Center For Photography

Patrick Clancy sets rigorous tasks for his audience. Both his wall-size photoscroll 365/360 (The City and the Plowed Field) and the 60-minute performance 365/360 (The Crossroads) possess considerable intellectual density and thus present a challenging degree of viewing difficulty. This factor is relative, of course, to the standard of the “conditioned glance,” i.e., the few seconds that a viewer devotes to each work in a gallery environment, or the general inclination toward passive reception in theater/performance situations.

Somewhat resembling the format of a photographer’s contact sheet, the photoscroll consists of six horizontal rows of continuous photoimages derived from various sources, with two lines of text beneath each row. As a further test of the viewer’s will to grapple with meaning, the lower line of text is printed backward and must be read with a hand mirror or deciphered

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