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Antonia Hirsch, Negative Space

Antonia Hirsch, Negative Space (2014), installation [Southern Alberta Art Gallery,
Lethbridge AB, Feb 14-Apr 12]

Antonia Hirsch: Negative Space

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge AB – Feb 14-Apr 12, 2015

Volume, space and order are key variables in the pictures, sculptures and book works that have emerged from Antonia Hirsch’s 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.

Michael Turner

Antonia Hirsch, Negative Space

Antonia Hirsch, Negative Space (2014), installation [Southern Alberta Art Gallery,
Lethbridge AB, Feb 14-Apr 12]


 Sun, Feb 8, 2015