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Editorial Review

Excerpt from "Ten Objects of Beauty": "Six Months Later"

By Michael O'Sullivan
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Darren Almond’s spooky, enigmatic photo isn’t one picture, but 1,440.

Arranged in a 36-by-40-frame grid, the pictures show a corner of the British artist’s studio. Taken sequentially — at one minute intervals from just past midnight to the following midnight — the photos are identical, except for the time displayed on a digital wall clock. That, and the subtly changing light from a nearby window.

Viewed up close, it’s an inchworm’s view of the passage of time. Seen from afar, it looks like a color field painting, with night bleeding into day, and back again.