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Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas

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Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas

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15 Nov, 2002 to 05 Jan, 2003

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Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas brought together a variety of works by artists whose creative methods “showed” violence, implicated danger or threatened retribution. Michelle Normoyle’s provocative and ongoing series of photographs documented the chaos of her child’s room after play. Peter Lojewski’s occupation as a licensed practical nurse provided subjects for a series of roughly drawn but eloquent paintings depicting hospital wards, others that invoked revenge fantasies against disparate cultural and historic figures. By expanding on these themes, the exhibition located aestheticizing depictions in acts of control, catharsis and elegy. As the palindrome title suggests, the exhibition drew parallels between depictions and suggestions of violence, and the impulses of mastery and aesthetic delight with which they often co-exist.

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Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas brings together a variety of works by five Vancouver based artists whose creative methods “show” violence, implicate danger or threaten retribution.

In the entrance foyer, Althea Thauberger’s large photolaminate poster depicted a young woman. This woman is the subject of Thauberger’s not afraid to die, a single channel video which was at the entrance to the BC Binning Gallery. The video was shot in front of a diorama inside BC’s Provincial Museum in Victoria, and the soundtrack for the video was heard playing on a small portable stereo within the gallery. Also in the BC Binning Gallery, Michelle Normoyle’s ongoing series of photographs,  After Play, document the chaos of her child’s room after play with her toys. Peter Lojewski’s occupation as a licensed practical nurse provides subjects for a series of roughly drawn but eloquent paintings depicting hospital wards. Other works invoke revenge fantasies against disparate mythic and historic figures, personal portraits and ruminations on environmental issues.

Pasted to the exterior of the gallery’s windows, as well as on hoardings and poster boards around the city, were posters by Alex Morrison. Patterer’s Diary is a two part work that features a selection of short autobiographical incidents recalled in the first person past tense, accompanied by another third-person gloss on the events narrated in the poster, which can be seen in the BC Binning Gallery.

In the Alvin Balkind Gallery was Kevin Schmidt’s Long Beach Led Zep is a 10 minute video featuring the artist playing the song “Stairway to Heaven” on an electric guitar while standing on Vancouver Island’s Long Beach.

As the title, a palindrome, suggests, Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas draws parallels between depictions and suggestions of violence, and the impulses of mastery and aesthetic delight with which they often co-exist or stem from. By expanding on these themes, the exhibition draws on aestheticizing depictions in acts of control, catharsis and elegy.

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Artists/Participants:
Althea Thauberger  
Kevin Schmidt  
Michelle Normoyle  
Peter Lojewski  
Alex Morrison  



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