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Peter Conlin
From January 14th 2000 to February 19th 2000
Behind the Back Room – The City

Whatever else might be said, a gallery is a kind of enclosure for exhibition, a place closed off for display. "Behind the Back Room–The City" looks at the interdependence of seclusion and visibility (enclosures and disclosures). The installation is a study in a particular dynamic of protected spaces: a closing-off that opens up certain possibilities while sealing off others, and how enclosures are inevitably nested within other enclosures–be they physical, conceptual or institutional. The work can be seen as a dialogue between various rooms (e.g. the gallery, the bedroom, the darkroom, the closet), perhaps a trial of these rooms, and raises questions of how aspects of privacy compose the public and vice versa. Ideas of abstraction are implicated in this look at privacy–how abstraction contributes to creating a refuge or a fantasy space (the abstraction of being very/too close), as it contrasts with abstraction as it relates to ideas of 'public'–the over-view, the abstraction of envisioning en masse.

Peter Conlin was born in Berwick, Nova Scotia and presently resides in Vancouver. In between these two points he has lived in various places (including a few influential years in Montreal), and lived and worked in various ways–from piece-work to unstructured time to installation and graphic design. He has recently produced Off Season, a travel book, and an installation at Gallerie Dare-Dare Free running toujours sec (1998). His practice also involves performance work– Antichambre at Dare-Dare (1997), Breach at Bruits du Noir V - Studio 303 (1996), and a talking, walking and dripping performance Fear Preparation and Speech at The Khyber (1995). He studied at Concordia University (The Liberal Arts College), Sheridan College (The School of Craft and Design - furniture ) and NSCAD.