Sometimes Still


In three different rooms on two coasts, artist Darren Almond is practicing visual alchemy.

One thing he does is take long exposures on full moons in ridiculously remote locations. Another thing he does is capture time itself. The still above comes from one of his two Sometimes Still projects currently showing at Matthew Marks in New York. Cunning and resonant, it’s the best video piece I’ve seen in months and months. It concerns a Japanese Buddhist monk practicing a ritual of endurance. It closes Saturday. Get out and see it!

Rumpus contributing editor Ari Messer was a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 2006-2010. Here is his web life. More from this author →