Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Y & G #12 (curtain walls)

Curated by Diana Nemiroff

16 September – 15 December 2013

Presented together for the first time in this exhibition, three sculptures and the film Camera Tracking a Spiral Drawn Between the Two Curved Towers of Viljo Revell’s Toronto City Hall introduce a new theme – the glass curtain wall – in the collaborative work of Christian Giroux and Daniel Young. The film, which documents an iconic example of Modernist architecture, was produced using the building itself as a “machine” as the camera travelled along the building’s twin curves, and provides a conceptual starting point for the exhibition. The sculptures conjoin a customized acrylic and spider-clamp design with standard off-the-shelf industrial racking systems to create human-scale sculptures that invite us to reflect on the production of space in the urban environment. Viewed together, the film and sculptures produce a series of intersecting readings in which the practices of modernist architecture and contemporary sculpture approach one another.

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