Jorge Lozano, Mike Hoolboom
A Space Main Gallery
May 3 – June 29, 2019
Curated by: Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Copresented by: CONTACT Photography Festival
Artist Talk Saturday June 22 at noon with Jorge Lozano & Mike Hoolboom
Configurations is a two-person exhibition that brings the parallel practices of Mike Hoolboom and Jorge Lozano into dialogue. Both are prolific and pioneering Canadian video artists who celebrate an impure cinema. Their works are being shown together for the first time in a gallery for several reasons, not least of which is to create an opportunity for unlikely juxtapositions, to produce an open field of reading for their viewers.
Jorge Lozano has been working as a film and video artist for the last 20 years and has achieved national and international recognition. His fiction films have been exhibited at the Toronto Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival amongst others. His experimental work has been exhibited at many international festivals and galleries. Lozano has expanded his practice to the organization of many cultural and art events, the creation of aluCine, Toronto Latin Media Festival and facilitating self-representations video workshops for marginalized Latin and non- Latin youth in Canada since 1991 Colombia 2005-2009 and Venezuela 2005. Unquestionably new technologies for the production and exhibition of film and video are more accessible to artist, creating a visual explosion in the use of image and sound in the arts. The emergence of multiple screens and interactive works has changed the way we perceive film and how we perceive linear and non-linear narrative in film and video. In his work he sees the use of multiple screens as a device to speed up the narrative flow to conceptually give sequences momentary independence while serving the practical needs of the whole film. This enactive approach of using dynamic fragmentation impiies the mental ability to grasp something as an invariant under a diversity of aspects and perspectives. His latest works have been using multiple screens in order to achieve larger-scale patterns of meaning to create works that interconnect the brain, the body and the environment (art works) at multiple phenomelogical levels.
Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian media artist and writer. He was schooled at the Funnel, Toronto’s former underground movie palace, and has made more than 100 movies since 1980. There have been twenty international retrospectives of his work, including recent turns in Russia, Portugal and Switzerland. He was the recipient of the Governor General’s award in visual and media arts in 2017.
Vicky Moufawad-Paul is a Toronto based curator and writer. She is the Director/Curator at A Space Gallery. She has curated exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Carlton University Art Gallery, Gallery 101, MAI: Montreal arts interculturels, Latitude 53, Museum London, McIntosh Gallery, Contact Photography Festival, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, A Space Gallery, and 16 Beaver. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in Film and Video from York University. Moufawad-Paul has published texts on several artists including Harun Farocki, James Luna, Emily Jacir, Wafaa Bilal, Paul Dennis Miller, Deirdre Logue, Mohammed Mohsen, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Basil AlZeri, Erica Lord, John Halak, Rehab Nazzal, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Akram Zaatari, and Yto Barrada.