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Allison Hrabluik, The Splits

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits (2015), video still [SFU Gallery, Burnaby BC, Jan 30-Apr 22] Courtesy of the artist


Allison Hrabluik: The Splits

Simon Fraser University Gallery
Burnaby BC – Jan 30-Apr 22, 2016

This April marks 10 years since Allison Hrabluik’s first solo exhibition in Vancouver. Entitled Rossendale, the installation (which opened at the Western Front) featured a pixilated video of a busy farmer and a scaled-down barnyard film set. In her Georgia Straight review of the show, Robin Laurence noted, “In a time when so much creative and critical focus is on urban and suburban subjects, few contemporary artists are considering rural or agricultural life.”

While it is true that the setting for Rossendale distinguished Hrabliuk’s art from that of her more city-centric peers, the themes carried in the work are consistent with – if not in advance of – an emerging generation of artists interested in narrative, material process, low technologies and labour. Like many of these artists, Hrabluik is less interested in the difference between farm life and the life of an artist than in what these lives have in common.

For her most recent video, The Splits, Hrabluik assembled 20 performers, from a hula-hooper and a pizza dough thrower to tap dancers and dog trainers. She captured them all in action on video and, through a compelling display of audio and visual editing, brought them even closer to form a rhythmic, if at times overwhelming, whole.

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Allison Hrabluik, The Splits

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits (2015), video still [SFU Gallery, Burnaby BC, Jan 30-Apr 22] Courtesy of the artist

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits (2015), video still [SFU Gallery, Burnaby BC, Jan 30-Apr 22] Courtesy of the artist

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits

Allison Hrabluik, The Splits (2015), video still [SFU Gallery, Burnaby BC, Jan 30-Apr 22] Courtesy of the artist



 Sun, Feb 14, 2016