Thursday, November 17, 2011
Please join us for an exclusive preview of Corin Sworn’s exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Sworn will speak about her work and then the membership will have an opportunity to mingle with the artist and view the exhibition before it opens to the public.
About the exhibition:
Endless Renovation begins with a happenstance finding. Several blocks away from her home in Glasgow in a back alley Corin Sworn discovered a box of discarded slides. The odd collection of images is the basis for a poetic narrative built from found texts and the artist’s speculations on the images and the photographer. Most shots are of solitary and unique clocks that tell time through a vertical and horizontal crisscross. The photographer it seems is an ingenious clock-maker. This narrated slide show, constituting two projectors, the recorded narration and the transcript, is assembled into a minimal installation with glass shelving and tailored curtains. The room’s composition imposes a subtle interference, making it difficult to view both images at once and correspond the numbered transcript with each photograph. The sequence is pertinent to the story, yet it is only conjecture, fabricated by the artist like the objects are made by their documenter
Corin Sworn born in London, UK, now lives and works in both Vancouver and Glasgow. She studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Glasgow School of Art. Her solo exhibitions include Endless Renovation, Tate Britain, London (2011), Prologue: Endless Renovation, Washington Garcia, Glasgow (2010); Corin Sworn, ZieherSmith Gallery, New York (2008) and Adventure Playground, Or Gallery, Vancouver (2006), among others. Sworn has participated in group exhibitions including Cosey Complex, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2010); Morality Exhibition, Act 5: Power Alone, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); Report on Probability, Kunsthalle Basel (2009) and Exponential Futures, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2008). She has written catalogue essays and reviews for publications such as Canadian Art, C Magazine and Hunter and Cook, Toronto and is represented by Blanket Gallery Inc., Vancouver and Kendall Koppe Gallery, Glasgow.