Volume, space and order are key variables in the pictures, sculptures and book works that have emerged from Antonia Hirschs studio since her arrival in Vancouver in the mid-1990s. Now a resident of Berlin, the German-born artist has shifted from anthropometric and geographic representations to installations that evoke metaphysical questions concerning the interrelationship of inner and outer worlds.
In this installation, Hirsch employs a range of materials, objects and lighting regimes to situate the viewer in what amounts to a cosmos a space where transparency and reflection are complicated with the use of a free-standing clear glass screen and a wall-mounted obsidian mirror, and where discarded mobile devices designed to relay information are arranged as modules in a static form.
Most notable is an anamorphic video projection of what at first appears to be an asteroid hurtling through space but is in fact a life form associated with the earth from which it grows: a potato. That the optimal view of this projection is from behind the glass screen which has a similarly ambiguous image of an asteroid affixed to it only reminds us of what we think we are seeing.