Aganetha Dyck
Richard Dyck

Hive Scan 6

2001-2003
In The Formation of Clouds, Baier creates a very realistic, trompe l’oeil presentation of yellowing wallpaper marked by water stains, old nail holes and punctures. When viewed from a distance, the drips and sagging of the wallpaper make the work appear very much like a painting. The work expresses Baier's idea of "pareidolia" - the activity of finding recognizable shapes in clouds, water stains and ink blots. Baier understands the imaginative worlds of pareidolia as records of an encounter, a testament to the fact that, having been at a certain place at a specific moment in time, he experienced something marvellous. He has stated that there is no one interpretation of his works. Rather, the ambiguity of the imagery allows the viewer to propose their interpretation, one that is equal in validity to that of any other.
Title
Hive Scan 6
Date
2001-2003
Medium
Photograph
Materials
chromogenic print
Dimensions
104.1 x 78.2 cm; image: 101.5 x 76 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2010
Accession number
2010.4