April 1 – 30, 2021
clock-watching was a group exhibition focused on the perception of time. Each of the 7 videos responded to a day of the week and were projected onto the exterior of the Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower in downtown Denver, CO. This project was in partnership with Night Lights Denver.
Artist(s): Jan Chan, Esther Hz, Stephan Herrera, Thea Lazăr, Michael Menchaca, Sabrina Ratté, WANG Chen
clock-watching is an experimental group exhibition that subverts the measurement of time on a historic clock tower in downtown Denver. Rather than keep time in the traditional sense—by seconds, minutes, and hours—this exhibition explores tracking time by the day of the week through a series of newly commissioned nighttime video projections. Collectively, these digital artworks acknowledge the perception of time slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The month-long exhibition features a 7-day rotation of videos by seven artists, which explore an array of subjects—from abstract, painterly landscapes that unveil a slow, organic passage of time to a longing reflection on pre-pandemic weekend partying. The animated, digital artworks are projected nightly onto the clock tower’s facade on a set, looped schedule that correspond to a particular day of the week. In turn, the artworks generate an unconventional notion of time that highlights our standardized and cyclical relationship with the 7-day week. clock-watching offers a new meditation each day and examines our connection to time at a moment when our day-to-day has radically changed.
Mondays – WANG Chen, The Sin Park (excerpt)
Tuesdays – Sabrina Ratté, Radiances IV
Wednesdays – Michael Menchaca, A Cage Without Borders
Thursdays – Stephan Herrera, Digby’s Daydream [Thursday Afternoon]
Fridays – Esther Hz, History Repeating
Saturdays – Thea Lazăr, Shadows of Saturdays Past
Sundays – Jan Chan, Purring • HK-London