Tempus Fugit

by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, 1994

The artists write: "Tempus Fugit questions the relationship between perception and comprehension. The work consists of a round "clock" revolving on top of a stationary pole. The clock has two faces, one bearing an hour and minute hand and the other bearing numerals. The clock is meant to revolve at a speed at which two things happen: one, the observer begins to perceive the visual blending on the two clock faces thereby creating an opportunity to grasp the relationship between the hands and the creates an ambiguity about what one is truly observing and reinforces the possibility that the perception of time is always in some way impossible to grasp."

Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel are a young husband and wife team who life and work in the New York City area. Their unusual works for both private and public places have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Kristin is a graduate of the Art School of Yale University, while Andrew is self-taught. One of their earlier pieces, Analemma, 1988 is a part of the permanent collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. It is installed in a location and manner so that it can be viewed from outside the museum twenty-four hours a day every day of the year.