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Pylon Icon: Paul Clipson

Pylon Icon: Paul Clipson

When filmmaker Paul Clipson died suddenly in February of 2018, the art-media world almost invariably led with the notion that he had once been referred to as the “poet of cinema.” No one seemed to remember or care who called him that, they were all just content with the apt description. The other things that everyone mentioned were Clipson’s dense and layered aesthetic, his uncanny and uncompromising in-camera edit suite, a knack for repetition without redundancy, and his embrace of in-the-moment, unscripted, spontaneous composition and performance. And his many musical collaborations.  Let’s start with modern composer Sarah Davachi. In an...

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Pylon Icon: Hiroshi Sugimoto

The first stop on a hypothetical summer travel itinerary based on the transcendental architectural projects of Hiroshi Sugimoto would be The Glass Tea House Mondrian, as installed at the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris, France between October 2018 and February 2019 for ‘Sugimoto Versailles; Surface de Révolution.’  “I like to think that this tea house was built by Mondrian after he heard Sen no Rikyû speaking to him through the singing of the birds,” said Sugimoto at the time of the exhibition.  From there we’d make our way to the Enoura Observatory overlooking Sagami Bay at the Odawara Art...

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