New York

Diana Thater

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

Diana Thater’s art is inseparable from the technology used to implement it—LCD projectors, swivel mounts, DVD players, sync devices, plasma screens, and endless electric cords fill her installation spaces and manipulate our movement through them. In environments as wired and controlling as these, imagery itself might appear almost incidental, doubly so when it is, as here, almost purely decorative: Thater has a penchant for pictures of the natural world—flowers, forests, and fires. She allows her camera to sweep across these scenes so that when projected onto walls, ceilings, and floors, the results activate architectural space and create an expanded formal framework. This strategy destabilizes our expectations of filmic space as linear and rational and also diminishes narrativity, such that flora and fauna hold the place of content without actually constituting the meaning of the work.

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