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Catherine Yass

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Two projections, both shot on film and transferred to video, face each other across a darkened room. One shows the view, from the bow of a ship, of a concrete-lined waterway leading to a massive canal lock. In the other, the camera looks back from the ship’s stern at a disappearing river. Once the ship enters the lock, tiny figures scurry about on the bow to secure the vessel. Sound is minimal and muted: There is the low rumble of the ship’s engine, the groan of the gates opening and closing, and an announcement made over a public address system. The ship enters the lock. The water rises. The concrete doors open and the ship emerges into a misty landscape. That’s about it.

Catherine Yass’s film Lock, 2006, shot at the Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River during the second stage of the artist’s residency there last year, follows the pattern of much of her earlier work. Though she never

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