Lorna Bauer


Lorna Bauer

What Is Not But Could Be If

07.04 — 08.05 / 2011

© Lorna Bauer, What Is Not But Could Be If, What Could Appear In The Morning Mist, 2011.

Vernissage 7 April 2011 – 17h

What Is Not But Could Be If, What Could Appear In The Morning Mist

For Lorna Bauer’s exhibition at Sporobole, she will be presenting a revision and reconfiguration of a previous body of work entitled What Is Not But Could Be If, which was shown at YYZ Artist Outlet in Toronto during the summer of 2010. A new series of images entitled What Could Appear In The Morning Mist (which doubles as the show’s added title) consists of a photographic diptych made up of two deep, black fields of empty space. Upon closer inspection of the images, a faint reflection of a photographer surfaces and presents itself. These two images speak to the artist’s interest in discovering the documentary photographer embedded in the reproduction of an artwork, be it in a magazine, on the internet or in some other form of publication. This discovery draws attention to the many hands that are involved (usually made invisible) in promoting and creating a work of art, and in turn an artist.

15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 35 seconds, 40. Repeat.

An abstraction is being made.

This diptych is an attempt within the legacy of photography to slow the viewer down to a near freeze. How can anyone write anything new about the “the instant”, or the “slice” of life as it relates to photography? Maybe that is why the cinematic image broken down into discreet frames is such a long-winded rabbit hole of signification. A frame confines a picture, but in this case, the frame seems to be everything and it wants us to look outside of it for clues, to go beyond.

Susan Sontag suggested a while back that most art-photography has come out of Surrealism’s quest to discover strangeness. Bauer’s pictures reach further back into the earliest instances of mechanical reproduction when photography was an instrument for gaining knowledge of things. Dan Adler recently commented that Bauer’s “glaring and ghostly afterimages generated a lasting, albeit fragile, sense of wonder.” (Artforum, October, 2010)

All produced in the studio and brought together in the exhibition, the pictures function as an index of the labour involved in their own making, suggesting the importance of process, medium and method with regard to the final resulting product.

(excerpts from an essay by Jon Knowles)

Photo credit : Jocelyn Riendeau


Lorna Bauer lives and works in Montreal. A solo exhibition of her work was recently held at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, which was reviewed in the October 2010 issue of Artforum International. Solo exhibitions of her work have also been held at Les Territoires gallery in Montreal and the Projection Access space at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Her videos have been presented at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Nuit Blanche Toronto 2010 and The University of Toronto Art Centre. She holds a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto (2009) and a BFA (with distinction) from Concordia University (2005).

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Document(s) :
Essai de Jon Knowles
Jon Knowles' essay