San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art 2006

An abstract narrative based on the theme of apocalypse, Was and Is Not and Is to Come marked Waterston’s largest site-specific project to date. His depiction played out across all the walls in the gallery, creating a continuous and cinematographic sweep. The viewer was required to walk from one end of the gallery to the other and back again, in order to fully engage with the narrative. As Waterston describes it, the narrative began with “a fantastic nocturnal forest… which will then be disrupted by a beautiful and horrific deluge of detritus. The image will proceed from the ordered to the disordered, from harmony to disharmony, from accord to discord.” The ICA Project Room featured Waterston’s sketches, small paintings and notes created in the development of Was and Is Not and Is to Come as well as reference and source materials.