art in public urban space+
by Michael Alstad
and Michelle Kasprzak
January 1 - 31th, 2006:
29th minute: Christopher
Meerdo - 'Backyards
59th minute: Donna Szoke
+ Isabelle Noël
Year Zero One is pleased to present TRANSMEDIA :29:59,
a year long exhibition on the pedestrian level video
billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.
Launched August 1st 2005, TRANSMEDIA :29:59 features
one minute video works 24/7 every half hour on the 29th
and 59th minutes.
Featured for the month of January is Donna Szoke + Isabelle
Noël’s 'like' and Christopher Meerdo's 'Backyards
Christopher Meerdo's Backyards
(Chicago) is a tribute to the urban backyard. Constructed
by photographing thousands of sidewalk weeds, the piece
reflects the flattening of experience and comments on
collective urban neuroses.
Szoke + Isabelle Noël’s like
is a slow, meditative work that explores the visceral
nature of complex emotions such as love—or love
lost. It is both hypnotic and relaxing, inviting the
viewer to slow down and sink into reflection. Its’
distinctly west coast organic imagery counterpoints
architectural elements of the exhibition site as a spatial
and temporal interlude. Created during the Sound + Vision
thematic residency at Banff Centre for the Arts, with
the assistance of the Vancouver Aquarium. The full work
features original music by Isabelle Noel.
is a Chicago-based artist working in photography and
new media. Mr. Meerdo's work has been seen internationally
including New York, Chicago, and Nottingham, England.
Mr. Meerdo recently received an acquisitions award from
the South Bend Regional Museum of Art and an individual
artist's grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural
Affairs. Mr. Meerdo's current projects include a series
re-creating imagery from the memory of nearly drowning
as an infant, and reconstructing photographs shot by
his grandfather in the 1950's.
Szoke is originally from Winnipeg, and resides in
Vancouver. She holds a BA, a BFA, and is currently an
MFA candidate in the Interdisciplinary program at SFU.
Her work investigates narrative, and the relationship
between language, or absent language and the haptic
reception of art. Her art practice includes video, installation,
sculpture, and kinetics. On occasion, she will
curate and write as a means of visual / conceptual research.
In 2004 she received a Media Arts Commissioning Grant
(Canada Council) with the Orchid Ensemble band to create
a responsive, immersive media environment for live performance.
Her video works screen internationally.
Isabelle Noël (aka Mirabel) is a Toronto-based
composer, producer, DJ and video-artist.
Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas
Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia
December 2005: Gwen MacGregor,
November 2005: Cheryl Sourkes,
2005: Honeybyte, Risa Horowitz
2005: Pascual Sisto, Luke Lamborn
2005: Manu Luksch, Jillian Mcdonald