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Mirror-Pages / Exhibition, 1980-1994

Rober Racine
Canadian, 1956
ink, gouache, graphite, metallic paint, and coloured pencil on 23 pages from the Petit Robert dictionary, mounted on mirrors and framed
23.4 x 14.7 cm each
Purchased 1994
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37596.1-23)
© Rober Racine

Rober Racine's "Mirror-Pages / Exhibition" is part of an encyclopedic project concerned with rendering visible the entire French language. The most complete expression of this idea is his proposal for a park of the French language, as yet unrealized. "Mirror-Pages / Exhibition" is drawn from Racine's work with pages of the Petit Robert dictionary, from which he has cut out words, leaving only the definitions. Here he makes an exhibition of the word "exposition" (exhibition) by selecting and framing all the pages of the dictionary bearing the many cross-references to "exposition". By mounting the cut pages on framed mirrors, Racine captures our reflections and includes them as part of what we see. In doing so, he recognizes the role of the viewer or reader as part of the production of meaning, as a necessary element in the creation and exhibition of art.

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