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Antonia Hirsch: Anthropometrics

Republic Gallery
Vancouver BC – Apr 24-May 28, 2009

View of posters on Hastings Street

View of posters on Hastings Street, Vancouver BC for Anthropometrics I [Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 24-May 28]

View of posters on Hastings Street

View of posters on Hastings Street, Vancouver BC for Anthropometrics I [Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC, Apr 24-May 28]

A new exhibit of work by German-born artist Antonia Hirsch features her Anthropometrics Volume I & Volume II (2004-2009) comprised of photographs with a book on the series.

Hirsch is known for conceptual pieces that examine our mental models of the world (for example, through maps) and our beliefs about units of measurement. Her work is neither scientific nor commercial, although she adopts the visual language of both.

For Anthropometrics, she photographed primitive gestures of communication made by her subjects with their hands, arms and bodies to indicate the size or length of various measurements. Her intent is to catalogue the informal but conventional gestures we use in common. The suite of life-size colour photographs in Volume I was reproduced as six screen-printed posters that appeared across Vancouver in official and unofficial locations for three months in 2006. The display on the windows of the Vancouver Public Library emphasized notions of public ownership, free speech and assembly.

Hirsch has lived in Canada since 1994. Since 1997, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions from London, Glasgow and Lisbon to Germany, Turkey and Taiwan, and she has done residencies in Banff, Winnipeg, Finland, Paris and Berlin. Her works are in the collections of such institutions as the Art Bank, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery; New York Public Library; Yale University Collection of Rare Books; V&A National Art Library; and the Tate Galley Library.

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Mia Johnson


 Sat, Apr 4, 2009