art in public urban space+
by Michael Alstad
and Michelle Kasprzak
June 1 - 31, 2006:
29th minute: Luke Painter
59th minute: Maris Mezulis
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 June is Luke Painter's 'Babel'
and Maris Mezulis's 'FAST SALE'.
In Luke Painter's Babel
The Tower of Babel is represented as a vertical form
of architectural time periods resulting in a collapse
of stylistic concerns under their own weight. The Tower
presents the current use of a synthetic aesthetic prevalent
in manufactured spaces (condos for one example). This
is mixed with the last few hundred years of popular
architecture including neo- classicism, the international
style of modernism and the more recent use of the mixture
of styles culminating in what is labeled postmodernism.
The erection of the Tower is propelled by a utilitarian
looking industrial revolution style of architecture
that underlines some of basic underpinnings of western
architectural development. As in the tale of Babel,
these different voices (styles) collapse and separate
only to be rebuilt again in a continual loop that historically
implodes on itself.
For FAST SALE, Maris
Mezulis methodically photographed hundreds
of generic vending machines all over Tokyo. Condensing
the pictures at an overwhelming speed, the piece draws
out subtle variations in lighting, machine design and
product selection. The result is a composite image of
the homogeneous, copy-paste tendencies of global consumer
culture in a snack-sized, one minute package.
The typology of the Tokyo vending machine has been extensively
documented by photobloggers, tourists and urban enthusiasts.
Contrary to expectation, however, the quirky machines
selling dirty underwear, blow-up dolls and comics are
rare finds. Instead, there exists millions of identical
white boxes selling identical goods, quietly sucking
electricity and generating mountains of garbage. The
incredible density of human-operated, 24-hour convenience
stores leaves one to wonder why such an immense number
of automated machines is even necessary.
Painter is a multidisciplinary artist living and
working in Toronto, Canada. In 2001 he graduated from
the Ontario College of Art and Design and recently received
his MFA from Concordia University. He is a sessional
professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and
is represented by Angell Gallery in Toronto.
is a photographer, filmmaker and graphic artist based
in Tokyo. Mezulis works with fragments of space and
experience to create short films and installations,
with a sensitivity to pattern and structure. He has
participated in numerous exhibitions and events since
1997, with pictures published in books and magazines
in Canada, Japan, USA and the UK. 'FAST SALE' is part
of an unfolding series of photographic cinema compositions
the artist began producing in late 2005 using images
from his private collection. The series was launched
in March 2006 with a solo exhibition at IID Gallery,
Tokyo. Each piece is comprised of thousands of still
images set in rapid succession. The intensely concentrated
streams are analogous to synaptic flashes as the brain
cycles through image-memories, merging effortlessly
with the viewer’s own memories and experiences
to provoke unpredictable emotions.
Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas
Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia
May 2006: Nelly-Ève Rajotte,
April 2006: Nicolas Flemming,
Kate Armstrong, Myfanwy Ashmore
February 2006: Shaan Syed,
January 2006: Donna Szoke,
December 2005: Gwen MacGregor,
November 2005: Cheryl Sourkes,
2005: Honeybyte, Risa Horowitz
2005: Pascual Sisto, Luke Lamborn
2005: Manu Luksch, Jillian Mcdonald