Anthony McCall

Peer / Peer at the Round Chapel

The Round Chapel isn’t really round—elliptical is more like it. Built in 1871, it is said to have been the most important Nonconformist church in East London. Although you can’t see much of the place in the darkness that Anthony McCall’s Between You and I, 2006, requires for its visibility, such a setting seems tailor-made for McCall’s small-p protestant (frugal, anti-iconic, individualistic) art. The installation consists of two slowly metamorphosing light patterns projected from a rig suspended from the chapel’s ceiling—one describing parts of an ellipse that narrows and widens, the other a wave moving through a rotating straight line. But then, as McCall writes, “over time each gradually takes on the former properties of the other, while discarding some of its own.” In other words, the “you” and the “I” exchange identities, not unlike the characters in a postmodern metafiction à la

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