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Obstructed View is a durational performance for two figures by New York-based artist Jonathan VanDyke, part of his contribution to the exhibition Coming After. Taking place within the installation of his work, it presents two men 2 — one seated and one standing — on a locker room bench. From a sculpture located high above their heads, liquid paint slowly drips onto their torsos. The two silently and steadily hold each other’s gaze for several hours as rivulets of colour accumulate on their bodies and demarcate the passing of time. In the absence of language or affectation, paint serves as a form of expression.
Jonathan VanDyke received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2005, and has exhibited widely. His solo performance The Long Glance took place at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2011) and his non-verbal drama With One Hand Between Us was staged at Performa, New York (2011). His work is represented by Scaramouche Gallery, New York.