Rebecca Belmore, The Named and the
Unnamed (detail), 2002. Installation: video
projection, screen, light bulbs. Projection
screen: 224.0 x 274.0 cm. Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2005.
Photo: Howard Ursuliak.
Rebecca Belmore, blood on the snow, 2002. Installation: fabric, feathers, chair, acrylic paint. 610.0 x 610.0 x 107.0 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Howard Ursuliak.
Rebecca Belmore: The Named and the Unnamed. Exhibition catalogue. 62 pages, colour images. Hard cover.
Essays/Writing by Scott Watson, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, James Luna. $25.00.
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Rebecca Belmore’s powerful installations confront the viewer with images of loss, struggle, and silence. This exhibition features five new works, created during a residency at the Belkin Satellite over the summer.
Belmore’s work stages a relationship between bodily performance and installation. Vigil is based on a street performance by Belmore in polemical commemoration of the women who have gone missing in the downtown east side of Vancouver. The performance gives a contemporary context to the installation The Named and The Unnamed, which is a reflection on the larger implications of the local event. Blood on the Snow evokes a deafening stillness, a scene of comfort disrupted by traces of violence. In a third installation, a canoe is in the process of overturning—a vessel emptied of its body, suspended over the black depths of water, or death. Moving from the narrative to the poetic, from action to quiet reflection, Belmore’s new work speaks of the larger questions plaguing human existential awareness.
This exhibition is curated by Charlotte Townsend-Gault and Scott Watson. An illustrated catalogue will be produced by the Belkin in the spring of 2003, and will include essays by James Luna and Charlotte Townsend-Gault.
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