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Ann Hamilton's "abc"

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Published on Mar 8, 2010

Metropolitan Museum of Art Didactic Panel: "Over the last three decades Hamilton has used a wide range of mediums from photography and video installations and performance to explore aspects of the feminine experience grounded in qualities of touch, materiality, and the body. For abc Hamilton wet her fingertip and slowly erased the letters of the alphabet, seen reversed through a sheet of glass. The footage is then run backward so that the amoeba-like form of her fingertip appears to write the sequence from z to a. With exquisite economy of means and hypnotic simplicity, the artist compounds modes of visual apprehension (linguistic, photographic) in order to dissolve them into the untranslatable realm of touch."

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