Courtesty of the artist and White Cube
To look seems simple – the act of directing one’s eyes in order to see. It is assumed that upon looking, we are fully comprehending what is before us. Yet as we consider this act, it becomes apparent that we are often looking, but not seeing. In everyday life we are surrounded by a range of distractions - distinctions can become blurred. Within these myriad acts of looking, the ultimate aim is attention. Looking is no longer a simple gaze into the space around us, to look is to document and to try and understand our place within the surrounding landscape.
Mixing strategies of street photography, conceptual art and serial production to create a kinetic portrait of the urban environment, ‘Look’ commands its audience to focus and engage. It may be that for Marclay, art is the ultimate antidote to distraction, capturing our undivided attention. Or perhaps this exhibition, positioned in plain sight, is a 24/7 reminder to look beyond the instant distractions and see those things that most require our attention within wider society.
Raising these questions can only invite further investigation, while exhibiting this work serves as a constant reminder to look closer.