Work in Bronze (1999-2008)
The Hidden Phallus, 2000
Bronze, slide projections, wire.
Installation at ArtSite (OCADU off-site gallery), Toronto
While in Paris for almost a year in 1999, I fell in love with the city's public art collection of classical statues. While time, war and revolution had ravaged many of the limbs and heads, I was intrigued by the fact that so many of the male statues had been deliberately emasculated. After photo-documenting several statues, I took 'guerilla' casts of their genital areas, which was later cast in bronze.
In this exhibition, held in 2000 at Art System Gallery in Toronto, five genital bronzes were wall-mounted and lit solely by the projected slide image of the original corresponding sculptures. While the images lined up exactly with their bronze counterparts, the projectors were suspended with cable, allowing them to vibrate and sway slightly in response to viewer activity. Alone, the genital bronze pieces seemed almost gender neutral. Yet, when accompanied by their projected photographic counterparts, the installation raised questions about gender representation, 'normalized' histories, and the power, politics and vulnerability of art in public spaces.
Blue Boy, 2001
28" x 18" x 10"
Enclosure II, 2003
Bronze, mosses, plastic film, wood.
Installation at ArtSite, Wellsville, New York
Bronze, antique clock.
28.25" x 18.25" x 8.5"
Still Life, 2008
Revivified, Headbones Gallery, Toronto