newspaper, wood, steel
machine: 134.6 x 81.3 x 61 cm; paper bricks: 5.1 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm each
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28453)
Liz Magor’s imposing wall of newspaper bricks renders once newsworthy information illegible – aside from snippets of text and advertisements – at the same time as it memorializes it. A pulp-splattered machine positioned in front of the monumentally scaled wall reveals the artist’s repetitive actions of soaking, pulverizing, and compressing newspapers in moulds. On a cottage-industry scale, the installation refutes the idea of the artist as creator of unique objects through the production of an alternative building material that repurposes a widely available, disposable resource.
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small format: 20.1 x 27.5 cm; large format: 27.2 x 35.3 cm Field Work
matted print: 55.9 x 71.1 cm each (some vertical, some horizontal) Regal Decor
2.90 x 7.60 x 1.83 m installed; machine: 183 x 350.5 x 122 cm; fireplace and magazine: 243.3 x 437 x 51 cm; linoleum rolls: 290 x 38.1 x 68.6 cm each