Anthony McCall’s installations transcend the familiar boundaries between sculpture, cinema, and drawing to create unforgettable interactive experiences. Anthony McCall: Dark Rooms, Solid Light is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in North America and fills the entirety of the Albright-Knox’s 1905 Building galleries in a survey of the arc of his creative production from the 1970s to today.
In his immersive “solid light” installations, McCall (American, born England, 1946) projects line drawings based on circles and straight lines that expand, contract, and develop over time. Projecting these simple, two-dimensional drawings through a thin mist produces massive, three-dimensional conical enclosures and flat planes that slowly shift in relation to one another in space. In the museum’s Sculpture Court, two vertically oriented side-by-side forms will tower thirty feet from floor to ceiling. In other galleries the forms will be projected horizontally: terminating on a two-sided screen, unfurling in relation to an adjacent wall and floor, or doubling using a mirrored wall.
In addition to five such large-scale installations, which viewers are invited to occupy and to move around and through, the exhibition includes several of McCall’s earliest performance films featuring fugitive materials such as smoke and fire, a slide projection work, and examples of his extensive and diverse works on paper from 1970 to the present. These include notebooks that show the origins and evolution of his ideas, photographs that document and plot performances, and proposals for public projects.