An installation view of the exhibition Diana Thater: China, Crayons & Molly Numbers 1 through 10, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1996.

Diana Thater

China, Crayons & Molly Numbers 1 through 10

Opening on February 10th at David Zwirner is an exhibition of works by Los Angeles artist Diana Thater. In her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Thater will present nearly (but not quite) all of her work from 1995. Among the works being shown are a one-projector video installation entitled Scarlet McCraw Crayons, a selection from an edition of 10 unique monitor works, Molly Numbers 1 through 10, and Bison Prototype an altered monitor work.

The largest part of the gallery will be taken over by Thater's video installation entitled China which was originally produced by and for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and for Le Creux de L'Enfer Centre d'Art Contemporain de Thiers, France. Accompanying the installation will be a selection of the monitor works that go with China as well as a one-minute piece made for MTV.

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A video by Diana Thater, titled Scarlet McCaw Crayons, dated 1995.

Diana Thater

Scarlet McCaw Crayons, 1995
Installation for 1 projector, 1 Barco video projector, 1 Pioneer 2600 laserdisc player, 1 laserdisc
Dimensions Variable
An installation by Diana Thater, titled China, dated 1995.

Diana Thater

China, 1995
Installation for 6 video projectors, 6 Sony video projectors, 6 Pioneer 2600 laserdisc players, 1 laserplay-6 synchronizer, 6 laserdiscs
Dimensions Variable

For more than two decades, Diana Thater has been creating ground-breaking installations that build upon the basic visual language of film and video by integrating architecture, applied color, and artificial and natural light. Depicting a range of natural phenomena, her work is largely organized around an exploration of the subjectivity of animals. This lavishly illustrated overview shows how Thater has radically reenvisioned both the ways in which film and video are deployed in site-related installations and the relationship between subject and object. Luminous images of eighteen projects such as ChinaAbyss of Lightknots + surfaces, and gorillagorillagorilla are accompanied by quotes and fictional writings that have long served as Thater’s touchstones. Also included are an interview with the artist and essays on a wide range of topics that Thater addresses in her work—from the history and politics of the Chernobyl disaster to beauty and Baroque architecture. This publication also gives readers exclusive access to a moving image supplement, featuring a film conceived and created by Thater in collaboration with production designer Patti Podesta, as well as an illustrated checklist with short video clips.

A video by Diana Thater, titled Shilo, dated 1995.
An installation view of the exhibition Diana Thater: China, Crayons & Molly Numbers 1 through 10, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1996.

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