The Opening Reception for RT Livingston’s intriguing kinetic installation takes place Friday, May 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Architectural Foundation Gallery (229 E. Victoria St.). The exhibit will be on display from May 20 to June 12.
IT’S ABOUT TIME is a kinetic installation that underscores the illusive nature of time created by conceptual artist RT Livingston. Guests who attend the opening are asked to wear an analog wristwatch so that they can tangibly compare time’s uneven path to time within the installation. The Earth spins uniformly every 24 hours around the sun, similarly, a watch with hands mirrors the path of the earth’s movement. This mirroring gives the viewer a poetic connection to the cosmos and space-time continuum where concepts of linear time and space seem to evaporate.
“The notion of time begins in our guts then moves to our heads before entering the space of our lives,” notes Livingston.
Like the notion of time itself, the phrase “it’s about time” is ever changing and malleable. It’s most often used with an undercurrent of exasperation. The installation aims to muddy this meaning and proceed further by showing time as a visual metaphor.
IT’S ABOUT TIME consists of 80 4×4 inch square battery powered clocks with the words “time is a man made illusion” handwritten on each. Several layers of iridescent paint obscure the writing while also adding dimension through the movement of light.
Livingston attended Daemen College in Buffalo, New York for her undergraduate studies. In her time at the Fine Arts Department, Livingston studied painting with Elizabeth Murray. Her graduate work in the History of Photography took Livingston to Princeton where she studied with Peter Bunnell. While working on her Ph.D. in Art History at Rutgers University, she joined the curatorial staff at the University’s Zimmerli Art Museum.
Livingston brought her knowledge and love for art to California after being commissioned to create several large outdoor installations. Other varied projects kept her coming back to the West Coast until she made a final move to Santa Barbara in 2006.
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