2015, Interface Gallery
Expanding on Hott’s ongoing work that often explores the relationship of artificial light to social experience, and drawing from the retail context of Temescal Alley, After Hour re-envisions Interface Gallery as a lamp shop, perpetually after hours. Set up to shadow the familiar experience of a room full of objects for sale, the installation sidesteps the bright, sparkly retail experience for an imagining of what occurs when you’ve closed up shop. As a shadow of retail hours, unattended and lights out, After Hour brings together sculptural forms utilizing lamp shades and light fixtures to echo the experience of a lamp store, only the shop is closed, the curtains are drawn, and the lamps don’t work. Accompanying the objects is a site specific sound created by Hott in collaboration with musician Laura Steenberge, set to crescendo in intervals to mark the passing of the work-day clock. The exhibition builds on Hott’s interest in the equalizing power of the dark, the historic role that the development of artificial light has played in self-organizing, and the ongoing and roving delineation of work time and personal time.
Hour After Reader
Carrie Hott: Conceptual Practice with the Night by Leora Lutz
Interface Gallery//After-Hour: Carrie Hott by Curiously Direct
After-Hour, Carrie Hott at Interface Gallery, Oakland in SFAQ
Scroll right for images that show the exhibition in daylight and night; or click any image for slideshow. Video of installation below.