John Hilliard
Camera Recording its Own Condition (7 Apertures, 10 Speeds, 2 Mirrors) 1971

Artwork details

Artist
John Hilliard born 1945
Title
Camera Recording its Own Condition (7 Apertures, 10 Speeds, 2 Mirrors)
Date 1971
Medium 70 photographs, gelatin silver prints on paper on card on Perspex
Dimensions Image: 2174 x 1832 mm
(upper panel: 1075 x 1832 mm , bottom panel: 1075 x 1832 mm)
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Colin St John Wilson 1980
Reference
T03116
Not on display

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Conceptual art became a dominant movement in the 1970s as artists rejected traditional practices for an art that reflected upon the protocols of art itself. For many conceptual artists, the grid functions as rigorous scaffolding for the expressions of basic ideas, articulated with or without limited aesthetic intervention. The idea of a camera examining itself might be seen to epitomise such a practice. Here the camera serves as a device as well as the central image; 70 photographs were taken using mirrors and combinations of aperture and shutter speed.

September 2016

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