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Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Grand Paris Texas, 2009, still from a color video, 54 minutes.

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Grand Paris Texas, 2009, still from a color video, 54 minutes.

Like much of their quietly elegant, keenly intelligent video work, the two ambitious projects by the artist team of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler recently on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery made significant demands on, and richly rewarded, viewers’ attention. Clocking in at fifty-four and twenty-four minutes, respectively, the works—Grand Paris Texas, 2009, and the new two-screen video installation Méliès, 2011—represent the first two installments in a planned trilogy exploring the physical conditions and social character of the cinematic experience, here with particular respect to film’s relationship to place and memory and the kinds of psychic traces movies leave in their wake. While the videos no doubt confounded most casual gallery-goers’ regular viewing tempo, those with the time and inclination to settle into the pieces’ unhurried rhythms would have found

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