When you’re alone in the desert, you’re ageless, timeless. You start to lose a sense of being contained in your body. It can be scary – where do I begin and end? You expand to fill the universe. I found myself saying certain words out loud to myself over and over, just to know that I was there. I became very aware that Sun Tunnels was a way of bringing the universe back to human scale. It was a way of framing the landscape, and orienting one in space and time – of differentiating something vast and undifferentiated. – Nancy Holt, 2012
Presented by Margaret Tait Award-winning artist Charlotte Prodger, this screening presents a double-bill of work by pioneering American artist Nancy Holt (1938 – 2014). The event will include a Q&A with Charlotte Prodger and LUX Scotland Director Mason Leaver-Yap.
Sun Tunnels (1978) documents the making of Holt’s major site-specific sculpture in the Utah desert. Completed in 1976 and comprising four concrete tubes, this American ‘Stonehenge’ charts the cycles of the sun within a vast desert landscape.
Revolve (1977), meanwhile, uses multiple camera angles and repetitions to modulate Dennis Wheeler’s personal narrative of his battle with leukemia. Holt presents her friend’s illness as a site for metaphysical and aesthetic reflection.
Charlotte Prodger was born in 1974 in Bournemouth. She studied at Goldsmiths in 2001 and then went on to complete the MFA at Glasgow School of Art. Now living and working in Glasgow, Prodger’s work spans installation, writing and film.
The premiere of Prodger’s Margaret Tait Award commission Stoneymollan Trail, inspired by Holt, will screen on 23 February.
Read more on Holt’s Sun Tunnels on Artforum
Nancy Holt films courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.