First Run Features | Release Date: September 5, 2014
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TheDRauchDec 14, 2014
A testament to the power of art, as well as it's variable interpretability, the labor and vision required to achieve it, it's necessity, as well as it's sometimes lack of practicality, as well as a boatload of other themes that could beA testament to the power of art, as well as it's variable interpretability, the labor and vision required to achieve it, it's necessity, as well as it's sometimes lack of practicality, as well as a boatload of other themes that could be dreamed up by any given viewer's perceptions (much like the exhibit itself), the documentary Levitated Mass is, simply put, staggering. It functions not only as a celebration of the capacity of mankind's achievement, but as a personal examination of an artist's esoteric, yet-mind-bogglingly immense, body of work. Simply basking in the sheer monolithic enormity of the rock in public locales provides a juxtaposition that is funny, profound, humbling, and, essentially, human. I do wish that we were given a deeper insight into the mind of Heizer, or at least a more in-depth examination of him as a person. I understand that he is kind of myth to the public and acquiring information about him may be difficult, but it just seems like an aspect of Levitated Mass that is undernourished. His appearance at the end could have been more climactic and surprising if he had been portrayed more as a recluse, but he seems very personable and not at all camera-shy. Other than that minor gripe, this is a spellbinding watch from start to finish. You never once stop pondering the potential meaning of it all, or the multiple meanings, for that matter. If you value art as an abstraction, or are even remotely interested in the amazing story of how they moved this obelisk 105 miles and built an interactive exhibit for it, I'd check out Levitated Mass. Expand
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