Phenotypes (2001-ongoing) In this installation, a 360 degree projection of a new cul-de-sac development envelops the viewer. As traffic passes by, the distant sounds of pile driving can be heard.




Phenotypes (detail of "James" chapter)

Phenotypes (2001,ongoing)

Conceptually, the work is an ongoing installation: each year another video narrative is added to the visual archive (to mirror the flux of a dwelling of neighbourhood over time). Each time it is exhibited, the artist chooses what particular 'chapter'(s) of activity is represented (these are superimposed video channels).

The chapter for this particular installation features a young boy who contemplates his surroundings and periodically returns to a book (on architecture). As he looks out onto the overly manicured vista before him, his thoughts reveal some of the images he has just seen in the book. Of the places mentioned in his thoughts, Salix house, Tanglefoot and Feuillette Maison (1921, the first known Bale house) are all residential houses that were built in consideration of their existing environments.

The image of the cul-de-sac is a panorama that the artist shot during daylight. Other than the darkened sky and area darkened for the projection of traffic, the image the image has not been altered. This development was built in Coquitlam BC in the late 1990's adjacent to the major freeway leading into Vancouver. The garage and expansive driveways seem to reflect car culture, emphasize commuting and leave little room for floura and fauna.

The enveloping image is hazy and blurred as if viewed through a thick atmosphere.








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