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Clive Holden: UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS

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UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS (still image from media wall installation) © Courtesy of the artist and RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE
Clive Holden: UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS
Curated by: Gaëlle Morel

33 GOULD STREET
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Canada
January 23rd, 2013 - April 14th, 2013
Opening: January 23rd, 2013 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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photography

DESCRIPTION

Clive Holden asks, "Is it un-American to be un-famous? Are Americans failures if they die without fame?" Drawing from the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, he creates UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS using the "un-famous" as an organizing principle in his selection of one hundred image details and faces. Plucked from obscurity, these people can be found in the backgrounds of famous photographs, or simply hidden in the depths of a photographic archive. At times they are literally seen over the shoulders of celebrities in the iconic photographs that capture the "American Century". The work's media tile construction is made with a hybrid adaptation of photographic, cinematic, and web tools. It also uses film leader as raw material (the beginning and end pieces of film reels). With a complex series of randomizing algorithms, these film loops are juxtaposed and continually remixed with the "unsung human leaders" found in the Black Star Collection, as well as with photographs of local un-famous un-Americans nominated by members of the general public. The work will evolve over the course of the exhibition as more images are submitted via social media. Clive Holden: UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUSis curated by Gaëlle Morel, and will be on view on the Ryerson Image Centre's Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall January 23 - April 14, 2013.