Fifty miles of concrete pavement, 2013
One morning in April, David Birkin walked 25 miles northeast across the Mojave Desert. At the same time, Jeremy Hutchison left his studio and walked 25 miles southwest across London. The two friends failed to meet in the middle.
Fifty Miles of Concrete Pavement is a collaboration between David Birkin and Jeremy Hutchison. For the period of this project, the two artists worked in geographical isolation: one in the US, the other in the UK. Through sculpture, video, sound, text and photography, the exhibition documents the complications of this virtual exchange, and their repeated efforts to meet - both physically and ideologically - and to bridge the ocean between them.
Starting with Eisenhower’s 1953 speech The Chance for Peace,* the collaborators soon veered off course, wandering through conversational territories in their effort to find common ground. As such, this new body of work is an attempt at correspondence. It is a monument to the mismatched: a study of conflict from conflicting perspectives, and an exercise in equivalence. It is about proximity and scale, land art and Skype. It’s also about friendship.
Collaboration with David Birkin
Exhibited at Amalgamated, NYC