Tacita Dean, JG, 2013. Color and black and white anamorphic 35mm film with optical sound, 26 ½ minutes. ©Tacita Dean courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London/Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.
In fall 2013, London's Frith Street Gallery showed Tacita Dean's film, JG, which premiered at Arcadia University Art Gallery in the spring of the same year. The film, which was commissioned by the gallery and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, was inspired by Dean's correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard, regarding the connections between his short story, "The Voices of Time" (1960), and Robert Smithson's massive earthwork and film, Spiral Jetty (1970). In this video from the Guardian, Dean described her epic search for Smithson's Spiral Jetty, the core of her quest to complete the work, inspired by Ballard's musings on the piece.