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Production, 1980

Liz Magor
Canadian, 1948
newspaper, wood, steel
machine: 134.6 x 81.3 x 61 cm; paper bricks: 5.1 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm each
Purchased 1984
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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