Sculptures by Ari Marcopoulos seen at UCSF, Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco - Untitled 5/17/2007

Untitled 5/17/2007

At first, the installation of the two large photographs on the top floor of Byers Hall at UCSF might seem inconsistent with the immediacy of photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos' past work. This installation is however very much of the moment, in the sense that the subject matter - the views through the windows of the same space to the north and south - is constantly changing, and will eventually be completely different as the city fills in on both sides. The photographs capture the most precise and inconsequential detail (both near and far, a rolled up pull chain sitting on the window mullion, a pile of dirt in the distance) and the most permanent features of the San Francisco skyline, with a kind of equal value, at a single moment that will forever recede in relation to the present.