Text by Diana Thater
Diana Thater: Dreamland was published on the occasion of the artist’s concurrent solo exhibitions at David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth, New York, in 2005. The central work on view at David Zwirner wasContinuous. Contiguous. (2004-2005), a major installation constructed with footage shot in the Panamanian rainforest. As part of a Fulbright research group, Thater spent a month in Panama studying the natural and urban environments. She received permission from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to use one of two 300-foot cranes that is permanently installed in the rainforest for use by scientists. From the basket on the arm of the crane, Thater filmed the canopy and its inhabitants. Zwirner & Wirth presented a site-specific installation projected on the gallery’s façade, Unisphere (1998), which is considered to be Thater’s first experiment with designing and making her own video monitors. Also on view in the gallery’s interior space was White is the Color (2002), a work that addresses the difference between the sublime and the beautiful with images that appear to be clouds but are actually forest fires. This catalogue includes an essay by the artist.