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"Germaine Koh: Open Hours"
2002-09-01 until 2002-10-20
McMaster Museum of Art
Hamilton, ON, CA Canada

Using such unexpected materials as car lot tinsel, unraveled sweaters, discarded snapshots and a fence post, Canadian artist and independent curator, Germaine Koh, brings unnoticed aspects of everyday life into sharp focus. Her quietly profound works of art explore and commemorate systems of circulation, communication, time and perception. For McMasters exhibition, Open Hours, Koh has created a new site-specific installation which will be complemented by her piece Knitwork and various interventions within the Museum building and on the University campus.

Among the eight works in this exhibition are: 4w 2d a/c - a dense pattern of silver car lot tinsel is strung beneath the gallery ceiling to reveal the hidden currents of air. This work is inspired in part by the Museums intensive overhaul of air filtration systems last year Knitwork - a growing length of knitting (now at 60 meters), reknit from discarded sweaters, serves as a sublime and absurd monument to everyday tasks and an index of time Sightings - a series of postcards created from snapshots found by the artist in public places commemorates individual experiences Counter - a numerical counter embedded in a wall can be pushed at will to record a history.

Since 1990, Koh has exhibited extensively across North America including solo shows at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Plug In Gallery, Latitude 53, Ex Peresa Arte Actual, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition, YYZ Gallery and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Her work has also been included in international group exhibitions such as the 11th Biennale of Sydney, La Biennale de Montreal 2000, Waste Management at the Art Gallery of Ontario and recently at the British Museum in London. She is currently featured in an exhibition at the Power Plant in Toronto.

This is an Artist with Their Work Program which is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and generously sponsored by the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

A catalogue will be available in late September.


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