San Diego

Ann Hamilton

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla

Despite the lack of an internal device for marking time, a signature element in most of Ann Hamilton’s pieces, her recent installation, entitled between taxonomy and communion managed to exude the esthetic air typical of Hamilton’s art: a sense of transcendent awareness arising from obsessive labor and material repleteness.

For between taxonomy and communion Hamilton used raw wool to cover the floor and walls of a large room with a low ceiling and a single doorway to about waist height. The wool was then covered with rectangular slats of glass joined at their edges with a powerful, flexible silicone adhesive. Seen through the glass, the matted fleece looked something like soiled, compressed clouds. The sensation underfoot was a combination of brittleness and yielding to pressure. Every step felt as if one were treading on thin, fractured ice atop a layer of mud, though without the ooze.

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