Episode No. 111 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Charles Long.
The program was taped live at the Nasher Sculpture Center on the occasion of Long’s participation in Nasher XChange, the museum’s city-wide sculpture event. Nasher XChange, which features work by artists such as Alfredo Jaar, Liz Larner, Rachel Harrison, Ruben Ochoa and Vicki Meek, runs through Feb. 16.
Long’s contribution to Nasher XChange is Fountainhead, a kind of digital fountain-cum-installation at NorthPark Center, a shopping mall six miles north of downtown Dallas. Fountainhead is an object onto which images of falling dollar bills are projected. The sculpture is surrounded by three digital kiosks, at which visitors to the mall are invited to swipe their credit cards and to donate $1, $3 or $5 to one of three charities: The North Texas Food Bank, a branch of the Dallas Library and the Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates. After donating, visitors may ‘flip’ a digital coin into the fountain, which responds with an exuberant animation.
VIDEO: See Fountainhead ‘in action’ in this short Vimeo video.
Long has been featured in solo shows all over the world, including at SITE Santa Fe, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Orange County Museum of Art. His work is in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums, the Hirshhorn, the Louisiana in Denmark, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the MCA Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art and more. On January 18, 2014, Long will debut CATALIN (2014), at The Contemporary in Austin. CATALIN is a gesamtkunstwerk that addresses climate change complete with references to plastics, icebergs, perfume and more.
Air date: Dec. 19, 2013.