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Karen Henderson
From March 5th 2005 to April 9th 2005
The Optica Show

Karen Henderson is showing two new works made especially for Optica gallery. The video projection 70 times removed from the original is an animation of sorts that started with a colour slide of a section Optica's east wall. This slide was colour duplicated; then the dupe was duplicated; then the duplicated dupe was duplicated, and so on until there were 69 slides including the original. These images were then scanned into a computer and joined in succession to make a movie—a series of pictures shown one after another at a speed that gives the illusion of spatial motion. In regard to why there are 69 stills as opposed to the 70 suggested by the title, Henderson says: "I wanted to make reference to that initial removal which exists between viewer and viewed."

40 consecutive photographs of here is another kind of joined succession of images. This one started with 40 photographs of a window in Optica’s north wall which were shot one after the other. "I’ve worked with switching the filmic linear process into one which is sculptural, like a deck of cards, where each frame or photograph is on a transparent layer and stacked so that you can see all frames all at once." In this case, a series of pictures is shown in such a way as to give the illusion of temporal stasis. I think at the core of both works is a sense of a radically layered and radically fluid temporality—the time of the documentation, the time of the various material processes, and the time of the viewer's perceptual and reflective processes—all playing out within the common ground of the gallery.
- Martin Arnold

Bibliographie
- Delgado, Jérôme, «Traces majeures», La Presse, 27 mars 2005, p.17.
- Lemarche, Bernard, «Le temps découpé», Le Devoir, 2-3 avril 2005, p.E7.
- Olanick, Natalie, «Jeux de miroir», CV ciel variable, no 68, août 2005, p.41.
- «Karen Henderson : The Optica show», Scans, vol. 3, no 2, 24 mars 2005, [www.photobasedart.ca].