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Tacita Dean’s recent film JG (2013) is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard regarding connections between his short story “The Voices of Time” (1960) and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (1970). The new 26 ½ minute work is a 35mm anamorphic film shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and central California using Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking.

Tacita Dean. JG, 2013. Anamorphic 35mm film, color and black and white, optical sound. 26 ½ min. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris, and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Tacita Dean. JG, 2013. Anamorphic 35mm film, color and black and white, optical sound. 26 ½ min. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris, and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Tacita Dean. JG, 2013. Anamorphic 35mm film, color and black and white, optical sound. 26 ½ min. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris, and Frith Street Gallery, London.