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"New Work by Brian Groombridge: 12 minute 48 seconds"
2005-10-27 until 2005-12-03
Susan Hobbs Gallery
In the past, artist Brian Groombridge has produced work that evocatively combined structural systems and poetic qualities, choosing such subjects as communication and perception, construction and measurement. This exhibiton continues his investigation of the linear and the interpretive. The exhibition opened Thursday October 27, and runs until December 3, 2005 at Susan Hobbs Gallery. What happens when a space is the location of an expressive moment that changes our understanding of the place? Groombridge’s new work develops from his interest in this transformative pivot point, the moment our view of a geographical co-ordinate is altered through its associations. He is interested in the perceptual notion of ‘undeliverable space’.
Latitude and longitude are imaginary lines running horizontally and vertically around the globe. Geographical co-ordinates do not describe a place, they only locate it. Undeliverable space (ie. the area between two fixed points), though less tangible still, ultimately conveys a more accurate sense of place. It has no mass or shape or volume. It exists in proximity to something physical or concrete.
In the new work that Groombridge has produced, this notion of undeliverable space is defined as the investment of meaning attached to a place. 50 degrees 6 minutes 0 seconds North, 14 degrees 15 minutes 0 seconds East geographically locates Ruzyne, Czech Republic (near Prague). Ruzyne is one of the places where Vaclav Havel was imprisoned for his dissident activities in the 1970s and 1980s. While there, he corresponded with his wife Olga. An excerpt from one of these letters is incorporated into this work.
Brian Groombridge has been included in museum exhibitions across Canada, including National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton), and Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). He has exhibited broadly in Toronto over the last twenty-three years, including a solo exhibition at The Power Plant, and inclusion in such locally seminal exhibitions as Monumenta and The New City of Sculpture. He lives and works in Toronto.
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