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An image of a boat burning at night in a mountain lake, with two recording figures on either side

Sonata for Smoke (detail), 2020, revised 2021. Samson Young (Chinese, b. 1979). High-definition video, color, sound; 15:48 min. Courtesy Gallerie Gisela Capitain, Petzel Gallery, and Kiang Malingue Gallery. © Samson Young. Photo: Dennis Man Wing Leung

Samson Young: Sonata for Smoke

Tuesday, August 1–Sunday, November 19, 2023
Location:  224B Video

About The Exhibition

How do we take hold of what is impermanent? This question is at the heart of Sonata for Smoke. Samson Young created the work while at an artist residency at the Zen temple Ryosoku-in in Kyoto. In that setting, he choreographed a sequence of ritualistic actions to trigger the emission of smoke, recording the image and sounds of that ephemeral substance on video. Throughout, the equipment used to capture the smoke is included in the video’s frame. This brings into focus the labor of grasping a transitory substance.