Anthony McCall – Between You and I
British born artist Anthony McCall was a central figure of the London Film-makers Co-operative in the 1970’s and was renowned for his filmed performances involving fire. After moving to New York in 1973, McCall embarked on a new series of Solid Light works, the most famous being Line Describing a Cone. Using rooms filled with a smoky haze, McCall projected beams of light that slowly pulsed and morphed, creating shapes that drew their footprint on the walls and floors of the space. At the end of the 70’s, McCall all but retired from the art world and his work faded in to history. It was only 20 years later, when McCall was reinvigorated by the possibilities of digital projection, that he started to make work again and reopened his Solid Light series. Around the same time, his work was enjoying somewhat of a renaissance and exhibited in major museum all over the world.
In 2007, the Serpentine Gallery presented a retrospective of his work, including film, drawings, photographs and scores, largely from McCall’s personal archive. This exhibition reinvigorated the UK art establishments interest in his work and he has since had a number of major exhibitions and commissions, including the upcoming piece Column, a spinning column of vapour cloud that will rise from the Wirral waters near Liverpool. To accompany his exhibition at the Serpentine, McCall produced a limited edition print of his Solid Light piece Between You and I. The print (53cm x 37.5cm) was produced in an edition of 150 and has since sold out although a similar print entitled Coupling can be bought from Peer here.