L’heure bleue, 2011
Elevator installation for Art in General
Photograph, sound (24 hour loop), blue lights
I don’t think you experience time when you listen to music. You experience music and you experience change and you experience rhythm and whatever. The only way you can experience time is when there is silence. When there is nothing else. Then you can experience time. When there’s nothing else, then you can experience space.
Art in General is pleased to present Marie Jager’s L’heure bleue as the first project to debut in it’s newly launched Musée Minuscule. The Musée Minuscule began as an important program for another institution that has since closed, New Langton Arts. As part of its 30th anniversary, Art in General wanted to offer the Musée Minuscule a new home, ensuring that vital contributions to arts are not forgotten and that the intentions with which they were created continue on in new form.
Marie Jager’s L’heure bleue takes the form of a site-specific installation, transforming Art in General’s elevator into a space that encapsulates what writer Rebecca Solnit refers to as, “the blue of distance.” As the elevator moves between floors, an endless recording of night and day birds fills the space. The elevator becomes a moving clock. Yet rather than mark each hour with a sound, the passage of time is marked by silence. This moment of quiet is only a minute and can only be heard once a day between 5:59 AM and 6 AM (Eastern Standard Time). Referring to a specific moment in the early morning when all birds, diurnal and nocturnal, are asleep, L’heure bleue is the French expression to refer to this moment of pure silence in nature.
Marie Jagerwas born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1975 and lives and works in Los Angeles where she received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2004. Her work has been presented in such venues as the Hayward Gallery (London), Sculpture Center and Artists Space (New York), the MAK Center (Los Angeles), Mercer Union (Toronto) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle). She was included in the 2006 California Biennial and her work has been written about in Flash Art, Artforum and most recently The Los Angeles Times. A solo exhibition of her work opens in May at Pepin Moore in Los Angeles.