Artist Owen Kydd thinks of his durational photographs, like Window #1, as belonging to the realm of photography as opposed to time-based media. Kydd often focuses on archetypal photographic subjects like windows and draws from his surroundings in Los Angeles to make videos that push beyond our expectations for photography. Very little happens in Kydd’s video, but its subtly moving images draw us in for a closer reading. Here, the window of a store with its colored shades drawn reflects and refracts the dancing glow of passing car headlights. The ambiguous images on screen conjure short-lived sunrises and sunsets, themselves markers of the passage of time.
Label from The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing, May 26–October 28, 2018