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Points on a Line

by Sarah Morris
2010, 35′
Presented at Lo Schermo dell’Arte 2011 in collaboration with Museo Marino Marini, Firenze
PHOTOGRAPHY: David Daniel, Lukasz Pruchnik
MUSIC: Liam Gillick
EDITING: Ryan Murphy
PRODUCER: Mirelle Phillips
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA: Lukasz Pruchnik, Jigme Tenzing
COMMISSIONED BYI: Philip Johnson Glass House – A site of the National Trust per Historic Preservation
COURTESY: artist and Capitain Petzel, Berlino
© Parallax 2010
In Points on a Line, the artist portrays two symbolic pieces of contemporary architecture: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Illinois, designed for Dr. Edith Farnsworth; and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, the architect’s home until 2005 and the site of an important art and design collection. The footage of the sites, filmed by day and night, dwells on the surrounding landscapes’ beauty and the frosty geometries of the spaces, lines and colors, decor and objects, which the artist observed, following the gestures and rhythms of a domestic routine which has become ordinary maintenance. Liam Gillick’s soundtrack punctuates the ideal dialogue created by Morris with the two architectures, and accompanies images of other places linked to the personal and professional experiences of their authors, which the film-maker visited during the film’s production.
Sarah Morris Born in London in 1967, winner of the American Academy – Philip Morris Award in 1999-2000; Berlin Prize Fellow and Joan Mitchell Painting Award in 2001-2002, she has exhibited in many museums around the world, including the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover; Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen; Miami MOCA; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. In 2009, the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna hosted her first Italian one-person show. Lives and works between New York and London.
Selected Filmography
1998 Midtown; 1999 AM/PM; 2000 Capital; 2002 Miami; 2004 Los Angeles; 2006 Robert Towne; 2008 1972, Beijing