This week we're highlighting some outstanding exhibitions in the Toronto area that feature technology, manipulation, digital forms and video works. Start your gallery hop at Daniel Faria Gallery (Dundas West) for Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, then head to Angell Gallery (Queen West) for Andrew Morrow, sampling the many other galleries on the way. And if you're up for a day trip, head out to Hamilton for Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno – a must-see.
Daniel Faria Gallery
188 St Helens Avenue
Toronto, ON M6H 4A1 Canada
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino’s new work titled 'x,y,z' at Daniel Faria Gallery, continues her exploration of materials, form and process. Through her use of digital 3D-rendered geometries, Sciarrino produces sculptures and prints that explore notions of time and how light describes an object.
By originating in a digital vernacular, Sciarrino’s modeled abstract geometries are skewed, stretched, bent, sheared, tapered, cut and folded, thus creating shapes that are distinguished through their technological manipulation. The transition of these forms from computer screens to tangible objects conveys an uncanny air of a rendered space. Furthering ideas of production – a key component of Sciarrino’s practice – the marks of technology are coupled with hand manipulation and natural processes such as the sun-bleaching of paper and the oxidization of metal. In the making of her work, Sciarrino exercises methods of control, but also introduces elements of chance. The contingent results envisage new possibilities for the production of objects.
(text source: Daniel Faria Gallery)
Andrew Morrow; Courtesy of the artist and Angell Gallery
12 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y7 Canada
Angell Gallery is pleased to present "Vashon Island," a special by Ottawa-based artist Andrew Morrow. The exhibition will be on display in the East Gallery till January 12, 2012.
Vashon Island is Andrew Morrow’s first show with the Angell Gallery, and combines Morrow’s interest in large-scale, narrative painting, physical computing and digital animation; it is founded on an open-ended collaboration grounded in the visual arts, but augmented through technology. Vashon Island is committed to the disruption of boundaries, through work that is ontologically uncertain, as well as through an examination of the shifting and uncertain structure of collaboration itself.
(text source: Angell Gallery)
Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Installation at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait, 2006, 2 channel digital video installation, 90:00 minutes, installation dimensions variable; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa / Photo: Mike Lalich.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4S8 Canada
Zinédine Zidane was a member of the French national soccer team that won both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2000 Championship. In 'Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait', internationally renowned artists Douglas Gordon (b. Glasgow, Scotland, 1966) and Philippe Parreno (b. Oran, Algeria, 1964) have deployed contemporary conventions of mass media both to "paint" a portrait of the soccer star, and to portray our cultural creation of, and fascination with, heroes and icons.
This contemporary portrait of Zinédine Zidane was filmed during a championship match between Real Madrid and Villarreal on 23 April 2005. The artists positioned seventeen cameras throughout Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium and directed a team of camera operators to remain fixed on the French soccer star throughout the entire match.
(text source: Art Gallery of Hamilton)
(Image on top: Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Achromatized Gradient, 2012 Archival pigment print; Courtesy of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery.)