My Nose is Growing Now

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No.5 series: My nose is growing now, 2012 Pastel On Paper 22 X 30 In. 25 X 33 In.Framed. © Courtesy of the artist and Corkin Gallery
My Nose is Growing Now

7 Tank House Lane
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
November 20th, 2012 - December 21st, 2012

Corktown / Distillery District / Harbour Front
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When does a lie become true? Where can a lie lead to? How far can you stretch the truth?

Ramón Serrano presents various acts full of conflicting concepts. Immediate and timeless, his storybook drawings are based on a fairy tale describing the adventures of a marionette in his quest to become a real boy. The puppet is prone to telling lies because in his mind, lying is nothing more than a way to stay out of trouble. But when he lies, his nose grows.

More than a series of random adventures, it is a social allegory. The wooden boy’s nose brings an embarrassing discovery to our notice: the tendency to lie, first to ourselves, and then to others.

“My nose is growing now” is a version of the liar paradox which consists of the statement “This sentence is false.” Any attempts to give the statement a classical truth value leads to a contradiction because if it is true, then it is false; this would mean that it is technically true, but also that it is false, and so on ad infinitum.

We welcome you to see where this paradox will lead us.