The Shape of Our Best Intentions

The Shape of Our Best Intentions: Video
2011
6:03 min., HD video

 

 

The Shape of Our Best Intentions is a single-channel video, a site-specific video installation and a series of photographs.

 

This work is inspired by Jan Van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Marriage Portrait” (1434), as a meditation on the institution of contemporary marriage. In the video, a real-life married couple fold sheets in a room on a suspended structure, which is rotating over a reflecting pool of water. The structure is pushed by a group of workers circling the pool. When the structure stops, the couple steps out of the room into the water. They walk to the camera, pick it up, and move it to a crane, which pulls back to reveal the structure which was supporting them.

 

 

The Shape of Our Best Intentions: Photograph
2011
60” x 40”

 

 

The Shape of Our Best Intentions: Installation
2012
18′ x 14′ x 16′

 

 

The Shape of Our Best Intentions: Installation (Inside)
2012
18′ x 14′ x 16′

 

 

The Shape of Our Best Intentions: Installation (Detail)
2012
18′ x 14′ x 16′

 

 

Click here to see the project fabrication process.

 

 

ASSISTANT

Chris Capozzi
J.R. Uretsky

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Kieran Delaney

PERFORMERS

Lani Asuncion
Adam Bailey
Eve Bailey
Amanda M Brown
Sheung Tang (ST) Luk
Brittany Mroczek
Will Reeves

PRODUCTION

Danny Dibattista
Michael Formanski
Eric Nichols
Jon Stone

ENGINEER

Sam Hogg

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

David Peterle
© 2011 Megan and Murray McMillan