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Bas Jan Ader, Broken Fall (organic) Amsterdamse Bos, Holland, 1971, 16 mm transferred to video, black-and-white, silent, 1 minute 26 seconds.

Bas Jan Ader, Broken Fall (organic) Amsterdamse Bos, Holland, 1971, 16 mm transferred to video, black-and-white, silent, 1 minute 26 seconds.

Bas Jan Ader

Meliksetian | Briggs

The Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader toiled in semiobscurity throughout his career and then, in 1975, disappeared from the face of the earth. His last show, exhibited at the Claire S. Copley Gallery in Los Angeles, was delivered in three parts: a photographic travelogue that shows him wandering through the nocturnal cityscape of Southern California, his adopted home, toward the shore; a program of sea chanteys, sung by a student choir; and a projection of the choir’s performances in the gallery. The trip that led to the eighteen-part photographic travelogue was intended to be followed by another journey, which can only be imagined, as it began far off-site: The artist departed from Cape Cod, aboard a small boat, on a planned Atlantic crossing to England. Ader aimed to set a new record with this voyage by completing it in the smallest craft to date, thereby grounding the always ambiguous notion

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