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Charles Ross

Solar burn in the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth

Charles Ross

Charles Ross

Solar burn in the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth

Solar burn in the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth

Charles Ross

b. 1937

Solar burn in the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth


signed, titled and dated 1/17/77

solar burn on painted wood board 

37 x 41 cm; 14½x 16⅛in.

Executed in 1977.

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Charles Ross

b. 1937

Solar burn in the time it takes sunlight to reach the earth


signé, titré et daté 1/17/77

brûlure solaire sur panneau de bois peint

37 x 41 cm; 14½x 16⅛in.

Exécuté en 1977.

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John Weber Gallery, New York

Private Collection, Brussels

Christie's South Kensington, Post-War & Contemporary Art, 16 September 2010, lot 10

Private Collection, Italy

Malle Collection, Paris

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John Weber Gallery, New York

Collection Privée, Bruxelles

Christie's South Kensington, Post-War & Contemporary Art, 16 septembre 2010, lot 10

Collection Particulière, Italie

Collection Malle, Paris

A pioneer of Land Art with Smithson, Heizer and De Maria gathered around the Dwan Gallery, Ross's work is focused on sunlight as evidenced by his eleven-storey high "Earthwork", "Star Axis" conceived in 1971 and begun in 1976 in the New Mexico desert. An architectural sculpture and naked-eye observatory, it allows one to experience the earth's rotation around the sun over a 26,000-year spectrum.

Its first "Solar Burns" date from 1971 and record the time it takes for light to reach the earth by insolation, that is 8 minutes 19 seconds.

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Pionnier du Land Art avec Smithson, Heizer et De Maria rassemblés autour de la Dwan Gallery, l’œuvre de Ross est centrée sur la lumière solaire comme en témoigne son « Earthwork » de onze étages de haut, « Star Axis » conçu en 1971 et commencé en 1976 dans le désert du Nouveau Mexique. Sculpture architectonique et observatoire à l’œil nu, il permet de faire l’expérience de la rotation de la terre autour du soleil sur un spectre de 26 000 ans.

Ses premiers « Solar Burns » datent de 1971 et enregistrent par insolation le temps que la lumière prend pour arriver sur la terre soit 8 minutes 19 secondes.