New York

Curt Royston

Whitney Museum of American Art

The agenda for Curt Royston's mixed-media installation Half Light, a mélange of painted environments, real objects, photographs, simultaneous live video broadcast, was mind games: perspectival paradoxes, trompe l'oeil tricks, and ultimately reality conundrums. In the Whitney's sterile, relatively small film and video exhibition space, Royston's photographs and video images were shown side by side with the “life-size” constructions on which they were based. These funky tableaux, with their garish, van Gogh colors and confusing juxtapositions of real and painted objects, set up strange, Caligari-like distortions of skewed perspective. Broadcast live on video monitors, the tableaux were transformed into flat, two-dimensional electronic images. As the viewer's eye traveled from the “real” to the “fake,” questions about the assumed, basic truths of space and time were raised, altering the

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