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Jon Sasaki, Crossroads (2009)

Jon Sasaki, Crossroads (2009), HDV 51 mins., looped [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Jan 14-Mar 4]

Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge AB – Jan 14-Mar 4, 2012

Jon Sasaki, Flyguy Triggering His Own Motion Sensor (2010)

Jon Sasaki, Flyguy Triggering His Own Motion Sensor (2010), nylon, fan, motion sensor [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Jan 14-Mar 4]

Jon Sasaki, Free Sno-Kones (2010)

Jon Sasaki, Free Sno-Kones (2010), Sno-Kone machine, outdoor sign, mascot costume, various other components [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Jan 14-Mar 4]

Jon Sasaki, Human Statue of Spirit of Individualism (2010)

Jon Sasaki, Human Statue of Spirit of Individualism (2010), Human statue performer, plinth, photo of the original Spirit of Individualism statue in the American Adventure Pavilion, Epcot Theme Park [Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, Jan 14-Mar 4]

Toronto-based artist Jon Sasaki combines video, performance and installation in a practice that unites the existential comedies of Buster Keaton, the cultural savvy of Douglas Coupland and the self-conscious parodies of Rodney Graham.

Good Intentions, Sasaki’s most recent project, is typically ingenious. Starring in a scenario entitled Crossroads, Sasaki depicts himself as a wayfarer passing Mississippi’s Clarksdale Crossroads, where the legendary blues performer Robert Johnson “sold his soul to the devil.” Described as “disquieting dark comedy,” the video performance is intended to celebrate perseverance in the face of potential failure. Themes of aspiration, comedy/tragedy, success, failure, ambition, risk and fate cross-pollinate the work. Crossroads is the latest installment in Sasaki’s ongoing Good Intentions project, which includes objects, installation, performance and video works.

Jon Sasaki has a BFA from Mount Allison (1996) and is represented by Jessica Bradley Art+Projects (Toronto). The Lethbridge exhibit is one stop of a touring exhibition that included the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto in 2010 and Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in 2011. The work will tour to the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie in 2012 and the Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie and Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina in 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with full-colour illustrations and critical essays by curators Ann MacDonald, Crystal Mowry and Ben Portis.

Mia Johnson


 Fri, Feb 3, 2012