Exhibition | Oliver Husain: French Exit | at Susan Hobbs Gallery | Toronto | Art Week

Oliver Husain: French Exit

Share this




Thursday, 10 May 2018 to Saturday, 16 June 2018
Thursday, 10 May 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Close your eyes and visualize an obstacle, a barrier of some kind. Does it have a soft or a hard opening? Is it flexible like a fleshy membrane or stiff like glass? Could it be an invisible energy field or a subtle cultural border?  
Imagine your body weaving through this massive volume: pressing/dipping/stretching/shifting/curving. Round and around, you begin to move, to dance. The obstruction meets your force, face-to-face, body-to-body. When you push you are pulled; when you turn you are turned. Spinning and slipping, reflecting and deflecting, you lose track of outside with inside. Your subjectivity catches against objective reality. A blurred version of yourself—doubled, tripled, quadrupled—you have eight arms and legs for days. You becomes them.
This is the kind of pulsing choreography explored in Oliver Husain’s new experimental video installation, FRENCH EXIT. Animated by a revolving glass door, entrances lead to exits as inside collapses with outside. Like a game, the work engages a set of rules that play out over the course of the video through methods of improvisation and visual instruction. Refracted through transparent layers and split into lenticular bands, the dancers’ bodies entangle within both the apparatus that records their actions and the architectural space in which they move. Individuality is interrupted while mirrored multiplicity proliferates.
As accompaniment, Husain will present new drawings based on a panoramic photo series of West Edmonton Mall. Entitled Epilogue - ISM3D at WEM, the drawings survey a replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, La Santa María. Extending the artist’s recent video project Isla Santa Maria 3D, these works picture the overlapping politics of colonialism within the apparent dazzle of capitalism.

Artist ( Description ): 

Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual codes – such as dance, puppetry and animation – to disassemble and subvert fixed readings of the original material. His installations, performances and films set up narratives that charm or fold the views into questioning their role as a spectator or subject.

Recent solo exhibitions include Roving at the Remai Modern and Isla Santa Maria 3D at Gallery TPW. His films have been shown at MAK Vienna, Surrey Art Gallery and NKV Wiesbadan and screened at Reel Asian Film Festival, Toronto, Mumbai International Film Festival and Bangalore Queer Film Festivals.


Venue ( Name ):

Venue ( Address ): 

137 Tecumseth Street
Toronto, Canada
M6J 2H2

Add new comment

Other shows from Susan Hobbs Gallery

The Clock That Went Backward
06/29/2019 to 08/10/2019
Patrick Howlett: The Slow Rhythms of Reason
05/09/2019 to 06/22/2019
Brian Groombridge: A condition connected with what is happening or has happened.
03/28/2019 to 05/04/2019
Gareth Long: Let's Look at the Figures
02/07/2019 to 03/23/2019



Related Shows This Week

Holly Elander - Solitary Shadows + Fine Line
07/20/2019 to 08/24/2019
Jim Dine
06/01/2019 to 07/27/2019
Closing reception for Trans-Spatiotemporal Manifestation of Being by Khang B. Nguyen
07/08/2019 to 07/28/2019
Randy LeSage - New Work
07/06/2019 to 07/31/2019
Kate Nartker & Leigh Wells: "scratch the surface"
07/13/2019 to 08/31/2019
Solo Exhibition by Judith Rabl
07/13/2019 to 07/27/2019
Suzy Spence: On the Hunt
06/21/2019 to 08/24/2019
RETROFIT-An Installation of Paintings
06/01/2019 to 08/30/2019