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"mis.com: Fiona Bowie, Lorna Simpson, Sophie Calle and Gregory Shepard"
2001-06-02 until 2001-07-22
Presentation House Gallery
North Vancouver, BC,
From June 2 through July 22 Presentation House Gallery
presents the media work of three artists grouped under the title
mis.com, referring to each artists interest in communications
Lorna Simpsons piece Call Waiting, 1997, is based on that ubiquitous phone conceit by the same
name. The device that mediates all the relationships interrupts the narratives in this elegant
projection piece, This allows for the play of intrigue, eroticism, humour and betrayal on the scale of
a soap opera. Simpson is a New York artist whose work explores race, relationships, and private
and public spaces. Call Waiting was originally produced for inSite97 in San Diego/Tijuana. Her
work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the Johannesburg Biennale, and she was short-
iisted for the Hugo Boss Prize in 1998. Lorna Simpsons work is available courtesy of Sean Kelly
Gallery, New York.
Vancouver artist Fiona Bowies 360-degree projections combine video and still projected images to
create an immersive environment. In Faltering Repetition, 2000, viewers find themselves party to
an encounter between a man and a woman, each in their own vehicles, at an intersection. like
most overheard bits of conversation, the communications are incomplete, based in gesture and
nuance that we, as viewers, get caught up in by our casual curiosity as we wait for the light to
change. Fiona Bowie works as a sessional instructor at SFU and Emily Carr Institute of Art and
Design. She has had solo exhibitions at the grunt gallery, the OR gallery, and NAC in St.
Catharines, Ontario. Her work was shown recently in a video salon of intemational art and new
media in Brussels, Belgium, and is included in the current exhibition These Days at the Vancouver
In Sophie Calles videotape Double Blind, 1992, made with Gregory Shepherd, truth and fiction are
hard to separate. Calle and Shepherd agree to travel together, ostensibly knowing each other only
slightly. Each videotapes the other as their relationship develops and they share their inner
monologues with the audience. The tape is 1 hr and 15m long. Sophie Calle regularly assumes
guises through which she creates a temporary truth in the resulting narrative and documentary
activities. Her work has shown extensively in Europe and the US. She lives in Paris. Double Blind is
her only video work.