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Spoken text taken from J. G. Ballard’s “The Voices of Time” (1960), “Prisoner of the Coral Deep” (1964), and “Robert Smithson as Cargo Cultist” (2000) and from his correspondence with Dean, courtesy of the J. G. Ballard Estate.

JG was originally commissioned and shown by Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA, funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.

About Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean creates photographs, films, and drawings that explore themes of chance, narrative, and time, often featuring nautical imagery and derelict spaces. Dean’s 35mm color and black-and-white film JG, with kaleidoscopic visuals, explores her search to find Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Utah, as well as her correspondence with the writer J.G. Ballard about the likeness that Smithson’s work bears to a Ballard short story. “Both works have an analog heart,” Dean has said, “not just because they were made or written when spooling and reeling were the means to record and transmit images and sound, but because their spiraling is analogous to time itself.” Her drawings have taken the form of storyboards and large-scale, dramatic chalk-on-blackboard drawings of landscapes. Dean won a Hugo Boss Prize in 2006.

British, b. 1965, Canterbury, United Kingdom, based in Berlin, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Tacita Dean - LA Exuberance, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
2016
Tacita Dean: …my English breath in foreign clouds, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
2014
Installment 2: The Collection, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2013
JG, a film by Tacita Dean, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles