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Silver: dreams, screens & theories

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Nov. 28, 2003 – Feb. 8, 2004

Paul Wong - Title
Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 2 (1999), production still, courtesy Barbara Gladstone, photo: Michael James OBrien [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Nov 28-Feb 8]

Silver investigates the role of film in contemporary art practice and features some of the most respected Canadian and international artists working with the film genre. 

When the Lumière brothers' pioneering film, The Arrival of a Train at the Station (1895) was first presented, the Parisian audience fled the theatre, believing the train was about to collide with the building. Contemporary spectators have developed a sophisticated sense of the dream-making machine of film; their internalized understanding of filmic language allows them to interpret cinematic illusion and to stay seated when the film begins.

Silver: dreams, screens and theories presents drawings, sculpture, photographs and installations that reflect on cinematic systems within a visual arts practice. Like the spectator who scans the silver screen in the cinema, the viewer in the gallery is part of a visual system. Silver focuses on the way in which the spectator’s internalized knowledge of cinema, narrative, memory and physicality is enlisted by artists in order to execute the meaning and content of their work.

While classic early avant garde experiments by artists relied on the strategies of illusion contained in the conventional single screen presentations, the projects in this exhibition investigate cinema's overall visual structure and include investigations of scale, three-dimensional space, still image, scripting and mapping (akin to directors drawings and storyboards), staging and choreography, sculptural components and the material qualities of celluloid.

Through film screenings and the gallery exhibition, Silver examines these strategies in a cross-section of work by significant Canadian and international artists Matthew Barney, Stan Brakhage, Janet Cardiff, Stan Douglas, Atom Egoyan, David Hoffos, Catherine Sullivan, Gisele Amantea, Claude Philippe Benoit, Dawn Clements, Mark Lewis, Damian Moppett, Ron Mueck and Arlene Stamp.

SPECIAL EVENT: Fade, Wipe & Zoom – Saturday November 29, 2–4 pm – An interactive open house in the exhibition with artists and film, theatre  and art specialists including Lianne McLarty, Professor of Film Studies at UVic, Grace Salez, Victoria director and filmmaker, artists Arlene Stamp, David Hoffos and Damian Moppett among others. Audiences can ask questions, participate in discussions while mapping out their own tour through the exhibition.

FILM SCREENINGS (at the University of Victoria in the Student Union Building):

Cremaster II (1999) by Matthew Barney – Friday November 28, 7:15 pm – A Western Canada debut! The 2nd of five feature-length films in epic cycle that explore processes of creation.

An Evening of Short Films by Stan Brakhage – Tuesday, January 13, 7:15 pm – Several shorts by this prolific and experimental filmmaker who passed away spring of 2003.

Krapp’s Last Tape (2000) by Atom Egoyan – Tuesday, January 27, 7:15 pm – A faithful adaptation in both text and spirit of Samuel Beckett's greatest play that observes Krapp as he records his annual reflections on his antiquated reel-to-reel.

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: Archipenko: A Modern Legacy | Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style | Tori Foster: Traces of Beings | Royal Nebeker: Dreams and Allusions / Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories | Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness / The Mad Alchemist | Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art | Art AIDS America | Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris | Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos | Future Station | Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form | 2014 Bonifacho | The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden | Edgardo Aragón: Ley Fuga | Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection

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