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137 Tecumseth, 1994

Ian Carr-Harris
Canadian, 1941
wood, arborite, steel, ellipsoidal spotlight, lens, and motor
projection unit: 81 x 149 x 65.8 cm (installed dimensions variable)
Purchased 1999
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39929)

Citing the Toronto address where the work was first exhibited, "137 Tecumseth" mimics the trajectory of sunlight through the building's former windows, the space having been converted from an industrial garage to a windowless gallery. A powerful spotlight projected through a slowly rotating template transposes the "windows" to the museum space. This accelerated tempo of the shifting pattern of light and shadow emphasizes the displacement of site and time. The artist has created an illusion that reiterates the memory and representation of the original setting into the present context, while calling attention to sensory perception and the experience of viewing.




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