Friday, February 18, 2011

Hand held

One of the most riveting artist videos we have ever seen was also one of the simplest. The American artist Richard Serra had his hand filmed as he attempted to catch chunks of lead dropped from above. Sometimes he managed to grasp the lead as it flew past, sometimes he didn’t. The tension created by such a simple effect was extraordinary. If you want to watch it you'll find it here (unfortunately you can't see it without going to YouTube for the privilege but, hey, at least it’s available).

But nothing is sacred. One video we would be able to show directly on OTN is mynameischarlie’s effort showing all the bits of the Serra film where he fails to catch the lead. In deference to the great Serra though you'll just have to catch up with Hand not catching lead on YouTube too.

Image: Still from Richard Serra's A hand catching lead