Finder

Jan Peacock, There There (still), size variable, multiple LCD screen projection, 2009

Jan Peacock, Account (still), size variable, multiple LCD screen projection, 2009

Jan Peacock, There There (still), size variable, multiple LCD screen projection, 2009

Finder

Friday, March 6, 2009 to Saturday, April 11, 2009
Opening Reception:
March 6,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Gallery 44 and Images Festival are pleased to present new works by one of Canada’s leading video artists, Jan Peacock. Finder is the culmination of the artist’s search for meaning in hidden places, and includes video projections, sound, and an installation of LCD monitors.

The works in the exhibition include Account, Finder, and there there. Each piece performs a particular form of scrutiny, stepping away from immediate events in order to tease out the sometimes obtuse and often contradictory aims and methods of the ‘authorized search.’ Small, embedded screens and projections preempt and replace what is most immediate and local in the gallery space, overlaying it with staged or found video material. These works are rejoinders to a culture of forensic obsession and optical precision, both rendered absurd by an unspoken – and often unconscious – attitude of selective accountability. The objects of and motives for the search are slippery.

Peggy Gale, who wrote the text for the exhibition brochure, writes that the show “offers a portal into another world – a rabbit hole – as a form of interactive narrative with uncertain rules. Information is provided but is dispersed; meaning must be inferred and supplemented by personal experience…” The full text is also available on the Gallery 44 website.

In addition to Jan Peacock’s exhibition, Gallery 44 will feature the photographs of Nathalie Daoust in the vitrines. Daoust was born in Montreal and is currently traveling and photographing. She uses a dream-like aesthetic to convey the human desire for escape from reality.

Artist Biography: 

Jan Peacock is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sculpture, performance and text. She has exhibited in North America, Europe, and Japan. Her work is in international collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has received awards at international festivals. She lives in Halifax where she is Professor in Intermedia at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Writer: 

Peggy Gale is an independent curator and critic based in Toronto. She specializes in time-related and media works by contemporary artists.