london

Willie Doherty

Matt's Gallery

It is dark by the door. You can hear sounds of an urban environment, but see nothing. Cautious movement—a familiar shuffle through darkness with arms outstretched—reveals that the space contains two large screens. You have entered the gallery behind the first; the second gradually comes into view beyond. Large, freestanding constructions, they cut across the room at an oblique angle.

Though parallel, the screens do not face one another directly. Instead, they are shifted so that the optimum position for viewing either projection is alongside, rather than in front of the other. It is extremely difficult to keep a close eye on what is happening on both screens at once. Continual spinning around at a certain point in the center of the gallery, however, reveals that the screens feature almost identical sequences. At times they do indeed show the same thing, but then the next shot brings a slight

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