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Joseph Kosuth in #InDetail

Today we go #InDetail with a work from Joseph Kosuth’s forthcoming exhibition at the gallery, ‘Existential Time,’ which will be on view from September 11 through October 24th.

In this exhibition, #JosephKosuth anchors and provides the tempo for the viewer/reader’s fluid experience of through the use of the analog clock, referencing time both literally and figuratively. The exhibition is a reflection on the gap that holds together beginnings and ends. ‘Existential Time’ endeavors to punctuate the lack, limits, and surplus of meaning surrounding the narrative experience of time and life, while exploring the powerful and finite territory of the present.

Kosuth’s installation of 20 clocks references conceptual concerns of time and existence and his ability to create meaning from the ethos of humanity. ‘Quoted Clocks #32’ is created from a standard analog clock, which represents the empirical passing of time, as its hands trace its face by the minutes and hours. At the same time, the clock is imbued with philosophical meaning through the figurative use of a quote from Virginia Woolf’s 1931 novel, The Waves: “Let us again pretend that life is a solid substance, shaped like a globe, which we turn about in our fingers.”

Joseph Kosuth, ‘Quoted Clocks #32’, 2020, clock and vinyl, 15 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches © 2020 Joseph Kosuth / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

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