Exhibition of new work and works in progress, including photos, drawings, photo-drawings, transitional works, transitory works, reflective installations and photo installations, many of which changed, were added, or were destroyed throughout the course of the exhibition.
For more information and to watch a video made by José Garcia to accompany the exhibition, please visit the gallery website www.pfoac com
nylon monofilament, acetate, video loop in wood frame and table
Imagined paths of Harriet Tubman, Laura Secord and other local historical figures cross an ornate former sitting room, into which is built a webby sculpture. Bits of text cut from collaged book pages flutter moth-like amidst the web, while nearby 12-Mile Creek, a constant in local history, runs steadily in one direction and then the other, in an approximation of pages turning, in the video work 12 Mile.
Steady Streams, Living Rooms, Rodman Hall, St Catharines, Ontario (2010)
Anima, FOFA Gallery, Montreal (12 Mile) (2011)
nylon monofilament, steel, acetate, clear elastic thread, video loop
A “bear” of fine monofilament emerges from threads demarcating Ursa Major. Hundreds of other lines, in elastic thread, mark the constellation’s path across the space as it would appear every thousand years over the site. Collections of historical first-person accounts relating to the region are suspended in dark insect-like clouds at either side of the space. A video on a small screen captures the eye: a spider at work turns out to be the artist’s hands building the “bear” threads.
Wild History, MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie, Ontario (2009)
Apprivoiser l’espace, Circa, Montreal, Quebec (2013)
Installation: nylon monofilament, elastic thread, fans (Cygnus, 9 hours: 144 x 196 x 72 in / 360 x 480 x 180 cm)
artist book: River Story. 4.5 x 7.25 in closed: 4.5 x 14.5 in open; interior pages hand-cut from laser print on acid-free paper; cover ultrachrome inkjet print on acid-free paper; bound with fluorocarbon braided fishline; 40 copies
In the entry room to the exhibition, elastic threads are stretched horizontally between walls to bounce in a watery shimmer, while marking the former path of the adjacent West Don River. In the adjacent room, a nine-hour orbital pattern of the constellation Cygnus forms a structure of lines into which a swan-like flock is built from fine monofilament. It is placed in relation to the constellation’s position during the summer exhibition.
A flipbook records hourly maps of the night sky faced with aerial photos showing the river’s gradually altered path. Entirely daylit, the artwork’s visiblity changes depending on the time of day and cloud cover, gradually disappearing at sundown.
here within our curving spaces, Koffler Gallery, Toronto (2008)