exhibition at Third Space Gallery and the Saint John Arts Centre August 2006
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Jasper van den Brink on a tug in the Saint John Harbour with his mirrored video camera
DJ Rich "Skippy" spins records as mirrored footage of the SJ Harbour spins in the background during the opening of Inside/Out
Montage of Christopher Flower video screen stills
Installation view of Christopher Flower video projection
Self-Portrait installation by Jasper van den Brink
INSIDE / OUT: Christopher Flower and Jasper van den Brink
Christopher Flower produces videos with the aid of boxes and various banal household objects. His technique effectively disguises our traditional up/down, left/right methodology of reading a video image. These are autonomous worlds-within-worlds, the various household objects creating playful narratives or formal structures that probe physical improbabilities. Using a deceptively simple technique, Flower attaches a box over the lens of his video camera, effectively creating a solid-seeming backdrop to his videos that one assumes would correspond to known laws of nature. Of course, by simply manipulating the box, he changes the momentum and course of action for a variety of household objects placed inside. Since the box doesn’t appear to move, he effectively animates these objects. In one video, a hapless banana is pursued and eventually crushed by a brick. In another, a can of Diet Coke is impaled and suffers death throes at the point of a nail.
Christopher Flower received his BFA from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and his MFA from Concordia University in 2003. He has exhibited his work at YYZ in Toronto, the New Gallery in Calgary and at various galleries and off-site locations in Montréal. He has received Production Grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2004 and the Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques in 2003. He lives and works in Montréal, except when tree-planting in Saskatchewan.
Jasper Van den Brink studied from 1991 to 1996 at the Gerrit Rietveld
Art Academie Amsterdam and in 1994 at The School of the Chicago Art
Institute. He exhibits regularly across Europe and has been
commissioned to make work for the Dutch Government (2006, Dutch Flag ), the Ministry of Finance ( Special Euro Coin ), the DVD Big Art for Children (2005, Bouncing Balls ) and Mediamatic (2004 Tunnel Vision ). In 2002 he was awarded the 2 nd position of the Prix de Rome in the Film & Video category for his work Self Portrait.
INSIDE / OUT was made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, NB Arts Development, Arts NB, the Dutch Embassy of Canada and Kent Lines International, with additional support from the Telegraph Journal, Avis Car Rentals, Avant-Garde Construction, Hit!Media, Continental Drift Film Festival, Punch Productions, T4G, Picaroons Brewery and the Saint John Arts Centre.