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Dana Levy

The Weight Of Things . 2019

+ Fridman Gallery

Dana Levy’s two-channel video installation The Weight of Things depicts the interiors of two rooms of the Palace of Versailles – the bedroom of Louis XIV and Salle de Constantine – in the midst of an earthquake. Taking 19th century etchings of the rooms as source material, Levy separates and animates the intricate details: sculptures, tiny wall moldings, picture frames, furniture, balustrades. One-by-one, the elements tremble and crumble to the floor, as if brought down by the thunderous raucous of the accompanying soundtrack. The lavish interiors, symbolic of absolute monarchy and military expansion, are thus reduced to heaps of rubble surrounded by starkly bared walls.
Fridman Gallery
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