Washington, DC

Vernon Fisher

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Parallel Lines, Vernon Fisher’s site-specific installation on the second and third levels of the Hirshhorn Museum, comprised eight 12-by-13-foot, latex-and-oilstick wall drawings. Unlike many installations which would be more accurately termed in situ than site-specific, Fisher’s installation was carefully linked to its site. The Hirshhorn is a disc-shaped structure supported on four large piers; its only windows line circular hallway galleries that face an inner court. The drawings’ location in these narrow circular spaces exploited the museum’s shape, forcing the viewer to see them both separately and in a linear sequence underscoring their implied narrative. The Hirshhorn’s design, similar to that of a military bunker, also seemed not to have been lost on Fisher, for the ecological/political themes that often recur in his work were here focused on the military.

All of the drawings had

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