NEW YORK.- I-20 New York presents Timothy Hutchings - The World's Largest Wargaming Table, on view through 11 August, 2007. For I-20's summer show, Timothy Hutchings has created The World's Largest Wargaming Table, an installation stretching throughout the gallery that comments on history and technology, abstraction and site, while pondering the subject of war and hobbies. Hutchings's installation is a functional super-sized war game table (400 square feet), made of MDF, wood and carved styrofoam, that complies with mapping criteria and can be used by serious game players: a working surface for soldier figurines governed by battle rules.
The World's Largest Wargaming Table is a continuation of Hutchings's obsessions with the past, ideal places, and the logic of war, but without the technology of his faux 8-millimeter films like The Arsenal at Danzig and Other Views (2001), in which destroyed Eastern European landmarks were brought back to life in fake period films shot by tourists; and in Player vs. Player (2004), with its black humor when a mountain climber turns upon his companion after reaching an alpine summit. In A Lark in the Larkin (2005), a destroyed Buffalo landmark made by Frank Lloyd Wright was brought to life in a faux war recruiting film disguised as a silent musical and dancing extravaganza.