The Power Plant, Toronto

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Opening on the artist's 81st birthday, 'Recent Snow: Projected Works by Michael Snow' surveys the legendary Canadian artist's forays into video installation from the past decade. Featuring seven projection works, the exhibition includes the world premiere of two new pieces, Piano Sculpture and Serve, Deserve (both 2009). The exhibition attests to the ongoing relevance of Snow's playful and experimental multimedia practice, and the influence it continues to exert on the contemporary art world.

The product of a restless intelligence and a sharp wit, Snow's work deftly juggles and juxtaposes the sensorial and the cerebral. Snow's video projections manipulate the space between the moments of recording and of reception, the surface of the world and the surface of the screen to stage the dynamic play between a video camera and material reality. In Snow's hands, realism becomes far from realistic and the familiar takes us by surprise.

'Recent Snow' will be accompanied by screenings of some of Snow's iconic experimental films, and by a feature article by art historian Martha Langford in issue #3 of The Power Plant's magazine SWITCH.

Michael Snow (born in Toronto, 1928) has exhibited internationally for over five decades. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Àngels Barcelona (2009) and BFI Southbank Gallery, London (2008), and his work has been selected for recent biennials in Sydney (2008), São Paulo (2006) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2006).

Curator: Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant

Michael Snow
Recent Snow
Kurator: Gregory Burke