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Ion Exchange

Marissa Lee Benedict 

Single-channel video; documentation images and copper pipes.

Carrying a portable power inverter and copper pipes to Michael Heizer's Double Negative (1969), Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) and Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels (1976), an ion exchange with each site was produced via a process of copper electrolysis (a reaction of copper, salt and water in the presence of electricity).

Special thanks to ︎︎︎Meghan Moe Beitiks.
The Ion Exchange series was begun while traveling with artists Meghan Moe Beitiks and ︎︎︎Lindsey french. More about our collective research at the time can be found ︎︎︎here.