|A Line Describing the Sun, 2010, Two-Channel HD Video, 13:35.|
William Lamson, a Brooklyn-based artist, is featured in Gallery II in the Joann Cole Mitte Building at Texas State University. Referred to as a 'performagrapher' by Texas State University Gallery Director, Mary Mikel Stump, he combines several different styles of art into one work. This theme is carried out through much of his work, and done so in a manner that amplifies the significance of the individual styles. In "A Line Describing the Sun", those styles are performance and video.
As you walk into the gallery, the room is blockaded by a wall with a small screen playing a video of another of Lamson's works, 'Untitled (from The Brightest Form of Absence). Just around the end of this short wall is an open expanse with two screens, end-to-end, in an L-shape with the video projected onto them. I noticed something interesting about the way that this set-up caused the viewers to stand in the room. Instead of the traditional screen at the end of the room with the viewers standing in a uniform group at the other, this L-shape was mimicked by the audience. I have been to several different openings in this gallery, and seen several video works displayed as well, but the atmosphere created by this arrangement supersedes any I have witnessed. It seemed so much more inviting, more encouraging to experience a moment created by the artist for each individual standing in dark room as the video flickers on the screens before them.