Quint Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the completion of two major new works by artist Kim MacConnel. The works, titled INTERMISSION I & INTERMISSION II, were commissioned by the United States General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program and are now on view permanently at the new San Diego Federal Courthouse Building, which was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP.
The title of these two murals might seem odd in that the word “intermission” is mostly used as a descriptive break in a theatre, symphony, or movie. That meaning applies here as well: INTERMISSION I is a break from one’s daily life to enter into another kind of drama, mostly a very serious one. This painting is situated in the public space where a juror checks in for courtroom assignment. INTERMISSION II is situated in the juror lounge/food concession area, and is meant as a break from the monotony, or anxiety, of waiting for the drama of jury selection to begin. Everyone is anticipating what might be. The word “intermission” gives pause to tension. “Intermission” can also evoke an idea about the seriousness of what might be about to be engaged: “a mission,” undertaken, to enter into the arguments for and against an act that has been deemed criminal. A juror has been called to engage the arguments, and come to a determination about innocence or guilt based on what she or he has been able to decipher within conflicting claims. – Kim MacConnel (Dec. 2013)