Projects 33: Matthew McCaslin

Apr 18–Jun 2, 1992


Installation view of Projects 33: Matthew McCaslin at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Mali Olatunji

A site-specific installation by Matthew McCaslin, an American artist known for his use of industrial material, Projects 33: Matthew McCaslin at once resembles a surrealistic stage set and recalls a construction site.

For this installation, a large grid composed of floor-to-ceiling metal studs and horizontally arranged plug boxes is interlaced by cable and illuminated by a single naked bulb. Positioned between the screen-like layers of the grid are five clocks, each set to a different time; like the solitary light, all are controlled by a switch placed within reach of the viewer. Simple in its plan and execution, the work is at once familiar and strange. According to a written statement by the artist, “This installation exists between unfinished architecture and a self-contained system [it] flirts with our physical and metaphysical relationship to time, place, and consumption of energy.”

Organized by Fereshteh Daftari, research assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

  • This exhibition is part of The Elaine Dannheisser Projects Series.
  • The Projects series is made possibly by generous grants from The Bohen Foundation, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


    • Projects 33 : Matthew McCaslin : The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 18-June 2, 1992 Out of print, 2 pages
    • Press release 1 page

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