Each of these unique, hand-made Timepieces
by the artists Alta Price and Jonah Koppel captures the feeling of an hourglass but subverts the meaning and function through the artists’ ingenuity in dealing with this classic object.
Each timepiece keeps a unique time ranging from seconds to multiple minutes, and as the glass beads sift down from the top shaker imagery is revealed from the top while covering that in the bottom. Hanging within each shaker are archived cut-outs of such varied subjects as the young Infanta Margarita from Diego Velázquez’ Las Meninas
; to the Empire State Building; or original drawings by the artists. Archived within these banal forms these artistic moments become both monumental and trite, but each timepiece’ ability to capture the essence of their unique impressions is timeless.