photos: Isaac Applebaum
Niagara Artists’ Company, St. Catherines.
aluminum, grass, motor, chain, gears, control box
8’ w x 12’ l x 6‘ h upright
mechanical design: Paul Cahill
camouflage 2, is comprised of an 8’ x 12’ mechanized metal armature filled with grass. The kinetic grass bed moves slowly back and forth allowing the grass to fall and rise. The viewer is confronted by a totally rational machine which unleashes an emotional experience. The action is totally mediated. There is a poetic absurdity in the enormity of the effort it takes to replicate this natural act. Pleasure comes from watching the repetition of the movement interlaced with the transfiguration of the mundane, and the insistence of the grass.
2004 Machine Life. Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Ontario
2001 TV dinner with landscape. YYZ, Toronto, Ontario
2000 camouflage. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta
1998 famished. Niagara Artists’ Company, St. Catherine’s, Ontario
1998 Canadian Shield. Toronto, Ontario