Get Lost is an exhibition of recent single channel video art by young Canadians. It includes works that focus on wandering and romanticism.
What function does being alone serve, particularly in Canada, a country that seems on the periphery, both geographically and politically? Idle wandering might be an ideal response to this condition – particularly during the winter months. The notion of the flâneur has troubled currency because of its associations with uninhabited “wilderness” and links to colonial agendas. A strong historical thread of art in this country has emphasized the sublime mythology of wilderness and wide-open spaces as an expression of nationalist expansion and identity. This exhibition presents two suites of works made in response to the flâneur: the first examines the wanderer as a confused, vanishing, or anachronistic character; the second interrogates the figure of the solitary and idle artist who attempts to communicate through limited or frustrated means.
~ Mark Clintberg, Curator
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