Stacey Lancaster (Canadian, b.1962) The Bay Model, 2000

Stacey Lancaster (Canadian, b.1962) The Bay Model, 2000, Digital video projection. Courtesy of Robert Birch Gallery ©2003 Stacey Lancaster and Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto

In Light: Stacey Lancaster

October 11, 2003 - January 11, 2004


A beautiful, enigmatic video work, The Bay Model (2002) is composed of images and sounds that reach into primordial memory. Plunging beneath the surface of Georgian Bay, the artist encounters an array of clothing strewn and tethered to the shallow rock bottom, swaying in the bay currents and revealed in a cool, filtered light. But any naturalness to their movements is negated by the muffled sounds of the camera recording its own underwater operation. Lancaster, a native of Toronto now living near Seattle, brings her experience in installation and performance art to this riveting and mysterious meditation on privacy.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario


The Art Gallery of Ontario is proud to highlight the importance of video art. Beginning April 6, 2002 and running until April 4, 2004, an exhibition series entitled In Light will present video installations by eight contemporary artists. This two-year series features recent video works by Canadian and international artists who were selected for their unique approaches to the medium and its elaboration of themes identified with their individual practices.

The AGO's commitment to video has been seen through previous exhibitions, such as Video Primer and Ecstatic Memory. The AGO has made a priority of presenting ongoing video exhibitions and introducing visitors to this ever-evolving art form.

Based on technologies that have only existed since the mid-1960s, video art does not have the lengthy genealogy that informs our understanding of more traditional artistic media. With large-scale video projections, however, the artists in In Light make strong connections to the pictorial traditions of fine art, with added dimensions of movement, luminosity and acoustic space. Video is an experiential medium that unfolds as you watch. Each artist in the In Light series will use continuous DVD projection to present a single work that will be on view for a 12-week duration.

Euan Macdonald: April 6 to June 30, 2002
Louise Noguchi: July 6 to September 29, 2002
Mark Wallinger: October 5, 2002 to January 5, 2003
Seth Price: January 11 to April 6, 2003
Darren Almond: April 9 to July 6, 2003
Francis Alys: July 12 to October 5, 2003
Stacey Lancaster: October 11, 2003 to January 4, 2004
Daniel Olson: January 10 to April 4, 2004

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Contemporary programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts through the Assistance to Art Museums and Public Galleries program.

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