Locator (Cracked Window) was one of the earliest works Nancy Holt created in her Locator series. Positioned by a window in Holt’s New York Studio, a steel Locator captures a view of the cracked window on the slanted glass ceiling below. The crack forms a circle with radial slivers protruding outwards, a sun-like shape similar to those featured in Holt’s public artworks. The circular shape of the crack is accentuated by the circular framing of the Locator’s view, casting an aesthetic light onto an ordinarily unfavorable slice of city life.
Locator (Exhaust Pipe)
Locator (Exhaust Pipe) was one of the earliest works Nancy Holt created in her Locator series. Directed out of a window in Holt’s New York studio, the view from this Locator features an exhaust pipe, perfectly encompassed by the aperture. The illuminated circular opening of the pipe is reiterated in the circular outline of the Locator view; both create tunnels of vision, holding light within their shapes. Holt's fascination with perception and vision are embodied in this simple intervention in her studio.
By featuring the exhaust pipe as an aesthetic element in this work, Holt foreshadows her interest in the sculptural forms of the often overlooked systems in the built environment—an interest that would later be developed in her System Works of the 1980s.
Holt’s Studio Locators focus on particular details, and when presented today their position echoes her careful choice of locating vision. Locator (Exhaust Pipe) always provides a view of an exhaust pipe. In 2022 the work was presented at Bildmuseet, Umeå University and the Locator was positioned inside the museum looking out to an air vent on the roof of the university building.