Alan Dunning

Translation

1991
Dunning's large photographic transparency is dedicated to his mother, a translator. Through pixelation and other digital processes, he manipulated an illuminated page from a tenth-century manuscript that she had translated, until the image came to resemble an enormous stain that evokes the flux of electronic media. Its transformation suggests the fluidity and fragility of cultural information and memory. Suspended in the middle of the room, the transparency seems poised between author and reader.
Artist
Title
Translation
Date
1991
Medium
Photograph
Materials
azo dye transparencies (Ilfochrome), with aluminum supports
Dimensions
244 x 488 cm assembled; element: 244 x 121.6 cm each
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of artist, Calgary, 1995
Accession number
38265.1-4