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the swimming hole - nathaniel klein

The Swimming Hole, 2015

single-channel video, 5 minutes

dimensions variable

Single channel video that documents a visit to Dove Lake, the setting for American painter Thomas Eakins' 1884 painting The Swimming Hole.

In an absurd effort at reenactment, the artist and five Philidelphia-area college students trespassed and swam in Dove Lake. Footage of the trespass and swim is narrated by a phone call to the realtor selling the multi-million dollar estate on which the lake now sits. 

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