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Catherine Sullivan, Triangle of Need (2007)

David Claerbout, Bordeaux Piece (2004) single channel video installation, colour, PAL 2-channel audio, 13 hours 43 minutes [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC Oct 10-Dec 7] Courtesy of the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

David Claerbout

Morris andHelen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 10–Dec 7, 2008

David Claerbout, Long Goodbye

David Claerbout, Long Goodbye (2007), single channel video installation, colour, 1600 x 1200 progressive, 13 min 44 sec [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC Oct 10-Dec 7] Courtesy of the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

David Claerbout, Reflecting Sunset

David Claerbout, Reflecting Sunset (2003) single channel video installation, black and white, 1600 x 1200 progressive, 38 min [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC Oct 10-Dec 7]
Courtesy of the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

Currently exhibiting at UBCs Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery is a selection of video installations from 1996 onwards by Belgian artist David Claerbout. Central to Claerbouts work with still photography and moving images (characterized by one writer as filmic narratives) is the concept of time in its various guises: fast time, slow time, duration of time, passing time, stopping time. As anchor points for the perception of time, Claerbout frequently uses the changing light of dawn, sunlight, shadows and darkness as well as wind, clouds and trees.

The mystifying videos he creates are reminiscent of the work of Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham. Post-modernist to the core, like his contemporaries Claerbout doesnt appear to convey any messages through his work; rather he ponders the nature of perception, concepts of permanence and change, as well as recounting what he describes as the substance of time. The Belkin Art Gallery exhibition includes Claerbout's Bordeaux Piece (2004), nearly 14 hours in length and comprised of 70 short films shot by the artist at 10-minute intervals between 5:30 am and 10 pm over the course of several days.

David Claerbout was born in 1969 in Kortrjik, Belgium, and lives and works in Antwerp. Since the late 1990s, his work has been exhibited widely in international institutions and is included in public collections such as Sammlung Goetz, Museum fr Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, De Pont Foundation, Boijmans van Beuningen, Hamburger Bahnhof, Centre Georges Pompidou Muse National dArt Moderne. The exhibition is curated by Scott Watson and is a collaboration with the Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

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Mia Johnson

 Fri, Nov 7, 2008