Time to Start Over
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H8
In the mix-media assemblage A thing wherein we feel there is some hidden want (2013), Glasgow-based artist Lauren Hall presents a miniature shoreline of dyed salt, beads, shells, soap, and a SAD lamp upon a glass dish. Drawing the work's title from poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hall endears nature to trash and kitsch.
Mineral Specimen 12 (2011) by Toronto-based artist Jennifer Rose Sciarrino possesses present-day concerns of mimicry, material and surface. Sciarrino's plastic geological mineral is a crystal carcass of an earthly treasure. The object's artificiality challenges the beholder to deem it precious.
Glow of the Going, Glow of the Gone (2013) is a stop-motion animation video by Montreal-based duo Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley). On a screen, the shadowy imprint of a hand moves over a plush, grey surface. Set beside a small clipping of a fur-lined, early Modernist bedroom, the video's domestic interior engenders a surreal lunar exterior. Trapped in its own world, what does the human hand desire?
Beginning at the implausible moment of "now," Time To Start Over implicates each of these works as an imminent finding from the evolving surface layer of history.
Lauren Hall is a Glasgow-based Toronto artist currently pursuing an MFA at Glasgow School of Art.
Penelope Smart is a curator and writer currently pursuing an MFA in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCADU in Toronto.