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Mowry Baden, Toroidal Yodel

Mowry Baden, Toroidal Yodel (2016), interactive sculpture [Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Sep 9-Oct 8]

Mowry Baden: Toroidal Yodel

Deluge Contemporary Art
Victoria BC – Sep 9-Oct 8, 2016

From the artist who brought us Pavilion, Rock and Shell – the collection of aluminum, granite and stainless steel that resides in front of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre here in Victoria – comes Toroidal Yodel. Presented in the relative privacy of a gallery space, Toroidal Yodel will probably not be quite as contentious as the aforementioned sculpture. Pavilion, Rock and Shell created a veritable cacophony of opinion when it debuted back in 2005 with not everyone feeling exactly charmed by Baden’s delightfully perplexing collection of objects, but for those who seek a physical experience, Mowry Baden is your man.

Deluge Contemporary describes this, their second exhibition of Baden’s work, thus, “Toroidal Yodel is a work in which Baden has employed vortices – torus-like (or donut-shaped) slugs of air that swirl around a trans-spacial axis – to hurl palpable but invisible donuts of air at people interacting with it. Because the number, direction and velocity of these air slugs can be controlled via computer, the technology has provided the artist vast opportunities for experimentation.”

Baden’s “practice has always involved materials, just like any artist who makes objects. Ideally, however, he is less interested in the object than in the experience. He wants the viewer to enter the object (or the space) and have an experience that is visceral, internal and sensorially cross-circuited.”


Christine Clark

 Fri, Nov 4, 2016