Margaret Honda

Film (Visitor Welcome Center) is a set of equal-sized cinematography lighting gels installed sequentially on the windows of the gallery. Using sunlight, the work is a constantly changing projection that begins on the first day and ends on the last day of the exhibition. The gels’ multiple colors and densities alter the view of the outside world while also transforming the light inside the space.

 

For Visitor Welcome Center, a set of 90 gel sheets, representing the current stock of Expendables Recycler, is installed on the gallery’s 62 windowpanes. The gels are installed, one per pane, in order of the manufacturer’s numbering system. Each gel is a frame of the film, and the set of 90 gels is divided into two reels. The first and larger reel runs for two weeks, while the second, smaller one runs for one week. If you see both reels, you will see the entire film. If you can only see one reel, the score indicates what is to come or what has transpired.

Film can be made for any space with transparent windows, using a complete set of lighting gels from any manufacturer or supplier, and produced according to the arithmetic that determines the number of reels and the interval between reel changes. The elements that make this work are pre-determined: the number of windowpanes, the colors, quantity, and sequence of the gels, and the dates of the exhibition. In its construction, it is always the same work. The location, date, material list, and duration indicate the circumstances of a specific presentation.

Film (Visitor Welcome Center) is on view from July 8 through July 29. Showing concurrently is Film (SpazioA), on view May 14 through July 21 in Waiting for the Sun at SpazioA, Pistoia.

 

Margaret Honda's work in sculpture and film has recently been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bremen and Triangle France, Marseille, and has been included in group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and SPIKE, Berlin. Her films have screened in the US and internationally, in museums and festivals including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Courtisane festival, Ghent; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Berlin International Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival; and BFI London Film Festival. She lives in Los Angeles.