The lost ‘Spiral Jetty’
The series JG (offset) is about Tacita Dean’s search for the artwork Spiral Jetty – a spiral-shaped stone jetty set in the Great Salt Lake in Utah, where it has been hidden underwater for years.
A mythical spiral jetty
In 1997 Tacita Dean went to Utah, USA, to find the artist Robert Smithson’s land art piece Spiral Jetty.
The spiral is placed directly in the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA. It spends long periods of time hidden under the water, giving it something of a mercurial existence. She never found it.
Scorching sun, desert, and prehistoric reptiles
In 2009 Dean returned, and at this point the water levels had receded and the entire spiral was visible again. Laid bare after having been gone from sight for many years it lay coiled, mythical and powerful, in the middle of a salty desert landscape. At this point Tacita Dean created the collage-like film JG (offset) while engaging in an ongoing dialogue with the British writer James Graham Ballard – whose initials are referenced in the title.
The exhibition showsed the series of prints Dean created on the basis of her film. Here, she continues to evince a film-like gaze as she presents alternating images of the scorching sun, crystalline shapes, salt deposits, desert landscapes, and prehistoric reptiles.
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- About Tacita Dean
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