Take a visual Descent into London's Docklands

Story by Jack Foley

Catherine Yass - Descent (March 22 - May 4, 2002)

AN innovative new exhibition has just opened at asprey jacques in London's Clifford Street which features a series of 'disorientating views' from Canary Wharf, by internationally-acclaimed artist, Catherine Yass.

Entitled Descent, the film involves Yass being raised 800ft in a crane above a construction site on Canary Wharf. As a result of the camera being lowered through thick fog, the surrounding buildings are revealed in slow motion creating a sense of disorientation which is increased by the reversal of the image.

From the height of the crane, Yass also suspended another camera in order to make still images to be exhibited in lightboxes. The photographs are taken with the camera swinging downward, resulting in blurred almost abstract landscapes where office blocks and construction sites become streaks of colour and light.

This is accentuated by her method of combining two images, one on positive film and the other on positive film processed as a negative. This new body of work continues Catherine Yassðs interest in the psychology of spaces which can be seen in previous series such as Corridors, a PADT commission for Springfield Psychiatric Hospital, currently on show at Tate Modern.

Born in 1963, Catherine Yass graduated from Slade School of Art (1986) and Goldsmiths College (1990) and has exhibited widely on an international level.

Last year, she had a solo show at the Jerwood Space in London and also represented Britain at the Indian Triennale in Delhi, with two series of work relating to Indian cinema for which The British Council published a catalogue called Star. This body of work will be presented in the new space at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2002 as part of Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood.

Descent was facilitated by the Canary Wharf Group plc. with the assistance of Mattias Nyberg.

Catherine Yass - Works 1994 - 2000, a book published by asprey jacques in 2000, is distributed by Art Data and is also available at the gallery or by clicking the buy this link above.

Asprey Jacques, 4 Clifford Street, London, W1X 1RB. Opening times (Tuesday to Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-1pm). Tel: 020 7287 7675.