Kent, UK and Brooklyn, NY
(part of 'Design for a Carnival')
80 slide carousel projection
duration: 4 mins.
Adam Chodzko's White Magic, 2005, a projection made up of 80 still images, without sound, both documents and perpetuates a ritual of colour dissemination by creating the donation and purchasing of specifically red and green second-hand clothing between charity shops in the artist's home town of Whitstable, Kent, UK and Brooklyn, NY, USA
Chodzko bought all the green clothes from a local charity shop, then took them to NY, donating them to a thrift store in Brooklyn and bought all their red clothes, took these back to the UK and donated these red clothes back to the original charity shop in Kent, UK.
The event of this artwork is partly beyond what can be seen within the projection; the gradual dispersal of the UK green clothes in NY and the US red clothes in the UK. Like the spread of a coloured dye dropped in water. This happens without the buyers of these items knowing that they are spreading these colours. Beyond ideas of exchange and transformation there are also notions of an event involving costume, masquerade and ritual. The work becomes a proposition for an exchange that could become commonplace. Within a phase of Chodzko’s work White Magic exists as a way of creating a costume for a larger project, Design for a Carnival.
Within the projection are two brief glimpses of, in one place, somebody wearing all the green clothes simultaneously, then in another, all the red clothes. There is a delirious psychedelia that punctuates the ordinariness of the spaces depicted; a disappearance of mundane event into pure colour.
And there is also a strange series of correspondences between the women who negotiate the clothes within these forums; an elegance, and a suggestion of magical transformation.