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"Else-where. (After Turner): New work by David Scott Armstrong"
2007-06-20 until 2007-07-14
Red Head Gallery
The Redhead Gallery in Toronto presents "Else-where. (After Turner)
New work by David Scott Armstrong" from June 20 to July 14, 2007. David Scott Armstrong’s art practice explores various aspects of reproducibility, time and entropy through an ongoing interest in print
media. His work, which folds together traces of print, photography, and
filmic, serial structure, is an encounter between technology and material
dissolution, posing questions about the fundamental relationship between
presence and pastness, language and materiality.
Else–where. (After Turner) is an exhibition of 16 photo-based prints about
point of view, the image, and temporal/spatial displacement. Drawing upon
J.M.W. Turner’s apocryphal genesis of his painting "Snow Storm" (and its
later engraved print reproduction) where the artist was "lashed" to the mast
of a steamer ship in order to experience first hand the effects of a storm
at sea, this sequence of prints re-produces, by affixing a camera to the
spinning cylinder of a printing press, a circular (vortex-like) encounter
between machine and the disorientating effects of "weather".
For what interests the artist in this relationship between actual weather
and pictorial weather, or, the disorientation and dissolution of pictorial
form, is how an image, turning in on itself, vulnerable to its own tenuous
stance, points to the possibility of an other space. We stand here fixed in
the moment, divided between here and elsewhere.
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