art in public urban space
Curated by Michael
Alstad and Michelle
October 1 - 31th, 2005:
29th minute: Honeybyte
59th minute: Risa Horowitz
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 October is Risa Horowitz's,
'Studiopace' and Honeybyte's, 'Bleury'.
Risa Horowitz's Studiopace
is a 60 second video in honour of those thoughtful moments
an artist has alone in studio, and the hustle and bustle
of passersby at Yonge and Dundas in Toronto's downtown
core. A bit of corresponding banality, of killing time,
of getting somewhere on important business, of getting
nowhere at all, and an homage to Bruce Nauman's old
studio experiments conducted partially out of boredom
and a love for absurd repetition.
thanks to Prefix Photo
Bleury is a layering of two
different video sequences, which juxtapose perceptions
of the urban landscape and the innocent yet inquisitive
eyes of children.
The first sequence keeps in mind the site-specific nature
of the work. It documents a night at the intersection
of Ste. Catherine and Bleury streets in Montreal, where
the commercial and entertainment districts collide.
The sequence captures the aesthetic of Montreal1s urban
landscape. Lights, cars, billboards and people infuse
the landscape and overwhelm the senses. The second sequence,
which is layered over the first, is of school children
in a garden looking deeply into the camera lens. Their
gazes are filled with naivety, and yet seem to convey
an energetic and mischievous curiosity
was born in Toronto in 1970 and has lived in 7 Canadian
provinces. Her art practice centres on collecting and
archiving. She is interested in language and communication,
identity, and methods of amassing and interpreting large
amounts of data. Risa has developed projects in database
and archiving, photography and surveillance, daily ritual,
and the use of language. These days, she is teaching
herself how to paint and to play Schubert.
Horowitz has shown her work in Middlesborough, UK,online
at www.samplesize.ca and at www.year01.com, and at Canadian
galleries such as Plug In ICA, The Mendel Art Gallery,
the Sadie Bronfman Centre, and Neutral Ground. Most
recently she attended the Sound + Vision Thematic Residency
at The Banff Centre. She is also a writer, curator and
educator, having published critical art reviews for
Canadian journals, curated exhibitions, and taught university
Leah Lazariuk & Pierluigi Vecchi (honeybyte)
met at Concordia University in 1996 while they were
both finishing their Fine Arts degrees. They have been
collaborating on various projects ever since, but it
was only in 1999 that the idea for Honeybyte took off.
Pleasure, identity, and transformation are inherent
in their work. A sense of playfulness permeates, and
draws attention to the relativity of human experience.
Honeybyte currently resides in Montreal, and London,
England, were they have shown in art galleries and film
Leah Lazariuk is a multimedia artist, a storyteller
and a singer. She has shown internationally and is a
pioneer of Canadian female web art.
Pierluigi Vecchi is a painter and a multimedia artist.
He puts his talents to work as a VJ and is a resident
at Circus afterhours, Parking club and SAT in Montreal.
Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council,Yonge-Dundas
Square and Clearchannel for their support of Transmedia