Mona Hatoum. + and -. 1994-2004

Mona Hatoum + and - 1994-2004

  • Not on view

This work is a large-scale re-creation of the kinetic sculpture Self-Erasing Drawing Hatoum made in 1979. Replacing conventional artists’ tools (pencil and paper, paint and canvas) with a motorized, toothed metal arm and a circular bed of sand, Hatoum mechanizes the practices of mark-making and erasure. At a rate of five rotations per minute, the sculpture's hypnotic and continual grooving and smoothing of sand evokes polarities of building and destroying, existence and disappearance, displacement and migration.

Gallery label from Out of Time: A Contemporary View, August 30, 2006–April 9, 2007.
Medium
Sand , steel, aluminum, and electric motor
Dimensions
10 5/8" (27 cm) high x 13' 1 ½" (400.1 cm) diameter
Credit
Gift of Jerry Speyer and Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds
Object number
971.2005
Copyright
© 2019 Mona Hatoum
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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