Jane Crawford and Robert Fiore
1994, 12 min, color, sound

This short documentary presents an overview of those works by Robert Smithson that involved the pouring of viscous substances such as glue, asphalt and cement. A voiceover commentary by the artist helps explain some of his specific concerns in making these works, as well as elucidating his more general interests in entropy, geologic time, anti-form, the use of industrial materials, and the positioning of the artwork in the land as opposed to the gallery.

Director: Jane Crawford. Producer: Robert Fiore. Editor: Alex Gunuey.

Glue Pour (1969) for the exhibition: " 955,000," Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada. Curator: Lucy Lippard. Photography: Robert Smithson, Lucy Lippard, Nancy Holt. Audio track from an interview by Allison Sky.

Concrete Pour (1969) for the exhibition "Art By Telephone," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Curator: Jan van der Maarck.

Asphalt Rundown (1969) Sponsored by Fabio Sargentini, Lattico Gallery, Rome, Italy. Cinematography: Nancy Holt. Audio track from an interview by Allison Sky. With special thanks: Maggie Gilchrist, Curator, International Program; Marie-Sophie Boulan; James Lingwood; Bernard Blistere, Director Galeries Contemporaines des Musees de Marseilles.

A Persistent Pictures production.


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