BURNING ACADEMIES, 2005
 
 
Two videos for the side rooms of the Mirror installation at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Each video shows an hour-long drawing of one of the two previous Academy buildings that then bursts into flame once the drawing is complete. The paper burns away to reveal a mirror beneath that reflects the video camera and the roof of the artist’s studio where the videos were filmed. Text on the walls described the fate of the two buildings: one destroyed by fire, the other sold and demolished. Cinematography: Jan Baracz. Video editing: Lauren Petty. Collection of Michael Strauss, Birmingham, Alabama.