Trinity Square VideoÂ premieres four newly commissioned works that form the second part of their latest trilogy of Themed Commissions,Â LEFT, RIGHT, CENTRE.
New work by Mark Dudiak, Gail Mentlik,
Matthew-Robin Nye, and Carolyn Tripp
Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 8PM
Jackman Hall AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)
317 Dundas Street West â€“ McCaul Street Entrance
Tickets available at the door or in advance at TSV
$6 for TSV Members / $8 for non-members
The evening's programme will also feature work by renowned video artists
Harrell Fletcher,Â Tom Kalin,Â Steve Reinke, andÂ Michael Robinson. Â
TSV'sÂ Themed Commission ProgramÂ offers selected artists the opportunity to make a completely new work over a four-month period with full access to the centre's facilities for production, postproduction, education and dissemination.
ForÂ RIGHT, artists were asked to create work using appropriated writing as a primary source material for the examination of contemporary political issues, considering the idea of "right" from various positions: from the conservative demanding moderation and caution; from the Republican set against collectivism; from the correct and proper and those who question of their validity; from the lawfully just and fair who declare civil or human rights on a surface; from marks, cursive figures or typographic signs that "write" and transform.
Mark Dudiak'sÂ Self-RelianceÂ features a nameless protagonist alone in a vast agrarian expanse searching for human contact over the airwaves of his HAM radio set. This work conflates right-wing libertarianism with the sustainable living movement through the lens of Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay,Â Self RelianceÂ in order to question the individual's place in a wider society.
Gail Mentlik'sÂ Certificate of LifeÂ is part of an ongoing body of work exploring family, memory, and history through various quotidian documents. In her latest video, bureaucratic process meets humanity as the artist follows her mother's annual visit to a German Consulate, providing proof of her life and ensuring her monthly compensation as a Holocaust survivor.
Matthew-Robin Nye'sÂ The Sailor's WayÂ is a vivid, dream-like animated sequence exploring Ayn Randian declarations of individual identity, changing political milieus, and the power and impotence of epic journeys and activist movements.
Carolyn Tripp'sÂ We harrowed the wrong quarry., features graphic line drawings, patterns, and found photographs that float, weave, and burst in animated landscapes. Using the text of governmental environment assessments as a stepping point, Tripp's creates an abstract narrative on pollution and mutation through the exploration of repetition and mechanical rhythm in sound and image.