Carol Sawyer: Proscenium

Explore this playful foray into narrative, perspective, performance, appearance and truth.

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Surrey Art Gallery - 13750 88 Ave

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In Carol Sawyer’s video installation, a seemingly ordinary vaudeville stage becomes the site for an exploration of illusion and performance.

Characters come onto the stage to perform, their activities recorded by two separate cameras. Each perspective overlaps, creating a space that appears to be continuous; but this truthful appearance is disrupted by events which transpire around the seam where the two frames meet. Proscenium is a playful foray into the construction of images, historical narrative, fiction, truth, and disguise.

Image: Still from Proscenium, 2009, Carol Sawyer, single-channel video. Image courtesy of the artist.