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Nelson Henricks: Satellite

New Gallery:
Calgary AB Nov 25-Dec 23, 2005

Nelson Henricks - Satellite
Nelson Henricks, Satellite (2005), video still [The New Gallery, Calgary AB, Nov 25-Dec 23]


Alberta-born video artist Nelson Henricks is considered a pioneer in his field. He describes his work, a complex blend of word-play, images, techno-beat music and experimental film techniques, as “a cross between rock video and poetry”.

The double-screen video installation Satellite previously was shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Two tracks play in a similar sequence, one using English script and one French. Anatomical diagrams and footage from educational films of the fifties, sixties and seventies underscore the theme, “human sensorial interpretation”, with an emphasis on the structure of the ear. The split screens highlight the duality of perceptual processes – two ears, two eyes, two brain hemispheres – continuously merging and separating. The Satellite piece emanates confusion, multiplicity, juxtaposition and simultaneity – elements equally evocative of sensory bombardment and over-stimulation in the digital age.

Nelson Henricks - Satellite
Nelson Henricks, Satellite (2005), video still [The New Gallery, Calgary AB, Nov 25-Dec 23]


Henricks was the recipient of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art (2002) and the Board of Govenors Alumni Award of Excelence from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2005). He has taught at several universities and a selection of his work was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2000. For more information about the artist, see <www.nelsonhenricks.com>.

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Mia Johnson

 Wed, Nov 2, 2005