May 13—June 25, 2016
boxing shadows is a new body of work expanding on Antonia Hirsch’s recent projects by engaging the screen as a site of intersection between the analogue and the digital, inner and outer worlds, the imaginary and the real. Impelled by images and gestures of digital culture, the work explores the objecthood of those things that varyingly act as reflectors, portals, or barriers to “connectedness.”
The screen as a motif recurs throughout this exhibition in video and sculptural works. Drawing on how we relate and experience through screen-based formats, the work mobilizes the aesthetics of Skype and amateur YouTube videos. It also focuses on the material morphology of simple personal communication devices: instances of global economic networks that simultaneously act as personal worry beads.
A central element in the exhibition is the video installation Object T, in which a mysterious abstract shape serves as link between two performers whose ambiguous relationship with each other extends to the viewer. mobilemobile, a series of large-scale structures, imagine their modernist eponym into the present day, forming absurd, floating 3D network diagrams. At once playful, elegant, and awkward, the works invite the viewer through their hapticity.
Antonia Hirsch’s work has been exhibited at The Power Plant, Toronto; the Taipei Fine Arts Museum; Tramway, Glasgow; Salzburger Kunstverein; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, among others. Her work can be found in public collections such as that of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami Beach. She is the editor of the anthology Intangible Economies, published by Fillip in 2012 and Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience, published by SFU Galleries in 2015.
On May 12, 2016, Hirsch will be giving a talk related to her latest publication at Western Front, Vancouver as part of its Scrivener’s Monthly series.
The artist wishes to thank the Canada Council for its support.