November 5 – 15, 2016
Reception: 2 – 6 pm Saturday, November 12, 2016
Common Ground Art Gallery
3277 Sandwich St. W., Windsor, ON
The camera obscura is an early optical system that has been used historically to assist artists in composition and rendering. This collaborative installation by Sasha Opeiko and Martin Stevens is a rendition of the optics of the camera obscura, but using multiple points of view. The installation uses four apertures instead of the traditional one. The apertures select what is then reflected in the everted space. It can be interpreted as an ontological fold (following the thought of philosopher Gilles Deleuze) as well as a physical space within a space. The rotating object in the middle of the dark space bends and folds the regular orientation of the viewer’s perception as it creases and distorts the real imagery. The installation is a site and light specific response to the gallery’s architecture.
This exhibition at Common Ground Art Gallery serves as a research pilot project for other versions of the installation. It is meant to evolve into a more cohesive architectural structure with an improved optical system.
Special thanks to Alex McKay for photo documentation.