Graham Gussin

Primo Piano

That Graham Gussin is intent on developing certain of Conceptualism’s original premises became clear in one work here, entitled I love you. I’ve dreamt of this. Sound drawing 10.1.93, 1993. This was a sort of graphic grid, very similar to a landscape of frozen mountains, stylized and bare, painted in blue acrylic directly on the wall. But what was important was the process that led up to this piece. Gussin fed 15 seconds of the soundtrack from a pornographic film through a computer. The computer visualized these sounds, and the result was what the viewer confronted, drawn on the wall. With the help of technology that wasn’t as widespread in the ’70s as it is today, Gussin has developed what might be considered one of the essential points of “historical” Conceptualism, namely the relationships between the various semiotic systems: verbal (“linguistic” in a strict sense), visual, and sonant.

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