Thursday, May 8, 2008

Stutter and Twitch

Stutter and Twitch, curated by Chen Tamir, opens tonight at the JM Barnicke Gallery from 5 to 7pm. The show features Mercer Union board member Kristan Horton, Yael Bartana , Johanna Billing , David Claerbout, Nancy Davenport, Adad Hannah, Kristan Horton, and Jennifer and Kevin McCoy.

From the press release:

Dwelling on the unattainable desire for stasis and halting change, the
artists' works seek to avoid the trauma and stress that change may
generate. With frozen or barely animated images, many of the works
hang in a limbo between stillness and motion. They push boundaries of
form between video, film, and photography, examining stasis and paused
situations from the point of view of social and metaphoric meanings.
Their interrupted cinema frustrates the viewer's expectation of linear
narrative.

Rather than approaching frustration as negative, Stutter and Twitch
presents the condition of stasis as an arena of possibility. The works
in the exhibition focus on the pause by arresting development and
halting a system in flux. They expose the foundations on which the
structure relies. They challenge the expectation of time, linearity
and continuity when their elements are jarred to a stop.

The show runs thru to the end of June. For more information, visit www.jmbgallery.ca.

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