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The newest installment of Laurel Woodcock’s site-specific series continues her exploration of the relationship between cinema and the written word by culling slug lines from the screenplays of David Cronenberg’s films and scattering them throughout the galleries of MOCCA.
In her ongoing site-specific series walkthrough, Laurel Woodcock examines the relationship
between cinema and the written word. For this newest installment, commissioned
for David Cronenberg: Transformation, slug lines culled from Cronenberg's scripts
are reproduced in screenplay-standard courier font and placed throughout the gallery.
Re-contextualizing these "instructions" that were never meant to be seen, Woodcock
presents a cinema stripped of the moving image. The texts slyly infiltrate the exhibition,
appearing to comment on and direct the action taking place in the gallery. This performative
quality calls attention to the linguistic origins of cinema, in an elegant work that seems
to place the viewer in a film of their own creation. walkthrough will be expanded later this
fall and installed throughout TIFF Bell Lightbox in conjunction with the exhibition David
Cronenberg: Evolution, opening November 1.
Presented and organized in partnership with
the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art,
952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5-15.
Exhibition continues until December 29.
Co-curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss.
- Laurel Woodcock
- Laurel Woodcock was born in Montreal and is based in
Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums
in Canada and abroad, including the Art Gallery of
Ontario and the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver, and
her video work has been screened in festivals in New York,
London, Chicago, Cairo, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Glasgow.
The University of Waterloo presented a major survey of her
work in 2011.