Michael Snow: Newfoundlandings
Curated by Scott McLeod and circulated by Prefix ICA, this exhibition brings together four video installations by Michael Snow, one of Canada’s most revered artists. As the exhibition title suggests, each of the presented works was produced on the west coast of Newfoundland, where the artist and his partner spend their summers among its cliffs, fields and coves. Unified by the omnipresence of the wind, the works also illustrate a number of Snow’s enduring preoccupations — sound, duration, and wordplay, as well as the nature of the frame, the camera, and the photographic act itself.
More about the artist:
Michael Snow (b. Toronto, 1928) is one of Canada’s most iconic contemporary artists. Although perhaps best known as a film, video and photographic artist — particularly for Wavelength (1967) and La Région Centrale (1971) — he is accomplished in diverse media, including music (performance and composition), painting, drawing and sculpture. Always inquiring, always exploring new forms, he has also produced a number of book works, sound installations and holographic exhibits. Retrospectives of his work have been exhibited at the Hara Museum (Tokyo), Centres Georges-Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the L’Institut Lumière (Lyons) and the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), to name but a few. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des letters, France, the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has also received an honorary doctorate from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in addition to several honorary degrees from a number of Canadian universities. His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum Ludwig (Cologne and Vienna), the Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris) and the Tate (London), among others. Snow lives and works in Toronto.
Image: Michael Snow. Video still from Condensation (A Cove Story), 2009. Courtesy the artist.