Blind Spot

Katja Høst, The Lonely Crowd, size variable, video installation, 2004

Blind Spot

Friday, October 24, 2008 to Saturday, November 29, 2008
Opening Reception:
October 24,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

It is impossible to cease being the subject of your own life… Katja Høst, in her solo exhibitionBlind Spot, contends that even as individuals desire to see themselves as part of a crowd, self-image confirms one’s social isolation. The artist explores this concept through the video installation The Lonely Crowd (2004)an audio piece entitled The Detective (2006), and a series of images made from video stills that comprise Private Eye (2006-2008). Each piece is an analysis of anonymous characters and their perception of identity.
 
For The Lonely Crowd, Høst set up a hidden video camera behind a mirror and captured pedestrians passing through busy urban scenes. Unaware that they are being recorded, the pedestrians unknowingly catch a glimpse of their reflection in the mirror and take a moment for self-inspection. In the artist’s video installation, we see the passerby confront their image in a public setting, and we watch as they verify their image with what they think the outsider sees. Played back at a slightly slowed speed, the video seems surreal, as its gentle pace renders thoughtful, awe-inspired portraits.

Artist Biography: 

Katja Høst lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She attended the Kunsthøyskolen in Bergen, Norway, the Denmark Design School, and the University of Oslo. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Oslo, Copenhagen, New York, Manchester and Montreal and has received numerous awards. Working with photography, video and sound, Høst searches for the lines between the subjective and the objective in self-understanding. 

Writer: 

Melissa Bennett has an independent curatorial practice and recently completed an MA in Art History with a diploma in Curatorial Studies from York University. She completed a BFA in Photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Bennett worked as Exhibition Coordinator at Gallery 44 and is currently the Curator of Contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.