Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4

May 5, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017

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Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 5–August 13, 2017. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

 

Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 5–August 13, 2017. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 5–August 13, 2017. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 5–August 13, 2017. Photo: Dusty Kessler. Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 5–August 13, 2017. Photo: Dusty Kessler.Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 5–August 13, 2017. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

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Tim Portlock: 11th_st_city_symphony.mp4

In four minutes, Tim Portlock goes from implosion to resurrection in an anonymous urban landscape.This time-lapse narrative of American cities is much like those expressed throughout the exhibitionUrban Planning: Art and the City 1967–2017, currently on view in the museum May 5 through August13, 2017. Portlock inventively delivers sympathy banners over a demolished building, which include suchrecognizable city slogans as “Arsenal of Democracy” and “City of Big Shoulders.” Over a night and a daya monument appears and a nearby skyscraper receives a restorative treatment like a blessing from theheavens. Portlock’s animated short symphony contains no human figures, yet the human impact on acity’s fall and rise is fully implied and ever-present.

Courtesy the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia.