Yucatán Mirror Displacements

Robert Smithson
Yucatán, Mexico
Nine chromogenic prints from original 126 format chromogenic slides
24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm) each, framed
Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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Writing by Artist

Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan

Robert Smithson
Driving away from Merida down Highway 261 one becomes aware of the indifferent horizon. Quite apathetically it rests on the ground devouring everything that looks like something. One is always crossing the horizon, yet it always remains distant. In this line where sky meets earth, objects cease to exist. Since the car was at all times on some leftover horizon, one might say that the car was imprisoned in a line, a line that is in no way linear. The distance seemed to put restrictions on all forward movement, thus bringing the car to a countless series of standstills. How could one advance on the horizon, if it was already present under the wheels? A horizon is something else other than a horizon; it is closedness in openness, it is an enchanted region where down is up. Space can be approached, but time is far away. Time is devoid of objects when one displaces all destinations. The car kept going on the same horizon.

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