Matt Savitsky’s new installation, The Pleasure Ground, contains two video installations Savitsky conceived this year while on a self-created residency in his hometown (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). Crop Circles and Turn Bridge (2019) construct viewpoints by way of a fixed configuration between a sculptural element to a single camera. In both video images a disconcerting interplay of figure and ground is produced by the movement of each sculptural device relative to the camera’s position, which turns each in a continuous 360 degree rotation. Before becoming video objects, the images prompt a deconstruction of their viewpoint into a relationship defined by the coexistence of subject, object, and support.
The Pleasure Ground is on view through October 26 @ Cloaca Projects 1460 Davidson Avenue San Francisco. photographs by Andreas Tagger