A new exhibition promises a strange distraction in this already unsettling year. On view through Oct. 17 at the outdoor gallery Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, Breath Ascent Reveal is a haunting nighttime installation.
The nine-minute thermal video by New York artist Asif Mian is screened in the woods at the head of a shallow pool — which acts as a kind of mirror — and runs on a loop.
The video’s infrared gaze captures a man’s body heat and breathing. At first glance, the results are comparable to surveillance footage of a ghost. The imagery then shifts to more fully reveal the man, who appears shrouded. Is he imprisoned? Institutionalized? It’s unclear, and that’s part of the enigma that unfolds for the viewer.
Merging sculpture, video and performance art, the work is an examination of (among other things) infrared military technology, which Mian notes is increasingly used for policing and surveillance, raising issues about privacy and how we define personal space.
Sweet Pass Sculpture Park is at 402 Fabrication St. in Dallas. For more information, visit sweetpasssculpturepark.com.