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McMaster Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Conspiracies of Illusion: Projections of Time & Space
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6

August 28th, 2012 - November 3rd, 2012
September 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Between the Past and the Present: A Chinese Scholar’s Studio, Yam LauYam Lau,
Between the Past and the Present: A Chinese Scholar’s Studio,
2012, digital animation and video, with audio, approx 7 minutes long
© Courtesy of the artist & McMaster Museum of Art
(905) 525-9140 ext.23081
Tue/Wed/Fri 11 am - 5 pm Thursday 11 am - 7 pm Saturday 12 - 5 pm
photography, video-art

Time and space are routinely considered as homogeneous. But photo and moving image-based works by Canadians Janice Gurney, Nestor Kruger, Yam Lau, American David Reed, and a foundational work by the late German artist Blinky Palermo, challenge this notion by presenting a reconfigured space and time in which each appears to be composed in layers. This reconfigured space radically changes the way in which a 2-D medium (painting or photography) exists and acts; reconfigured time entails a different structure for history, as art is usually thought of as being projected into the future, not the past.

The objective is to explore larger issues about how, within the artwork, images travel in a reconfigured space or time, and open up the paradoxes of temporality. Each work comments on the other in a profound yet non-linear manner, and raises a question that the exhibition explores: how do we document time in art? Or is it art that contours time for us?

An exhibition catalogue with essays by Mark A. Cheetham and Andy Patton and Christine Sprengler will be available.

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