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David Blatherwick
From April 14th 2000 to May 20th 2000
The Interior of a Minute

"The Interior of a Minute" is the fourth in a series of video installations (the others being “The Conversation”, “Chamber of Impulse” and “Multiple Horizon”) in which I have been interested in looking closely at the impulses, unnoticed acts and gestures which make up a subculture of our routine existence. Movements such as chewing, scratching, or breathing are so innate to being that they have a life of their own. What interests me is how focussing on these functions reveals their tangled human nature in all its vulgarity, humour and beauty.

This piece is an extension of these pursuits into the realm of time and gravity. Our perception of time is generally taken to be relentless, a linear march forward; something we grasp through dividing it into seconds, minutes, hours…. Likewise, our recognition of each other is in part governed by the pull of gravity on flesh and bone. Change even fractionally any of these aspects – the world becomes strangely uncognizable. Change even slightly any of these aspects – we are fascinated, hypnotized. The gap between what is taken to be real and an absurd, disfunctional cosmos is sometimes an atom’s breath wide. Knowing this can be a beautiful thing.

Multidisciplinary artist David Blatherwick lives and works in Montréal. In 1999 he exhibited “Recovery Room” at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, “Hyperlinear” at Nadimi Gallery in Toronto and “Polymental” at Gallery 101 in Ottawa. The same year, he received a scholarsphip from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He has participated in several group exhibitions, including “The Hand” at the Power Plant in Toronto in 1999, “Peinture Peinture”, organised by the AGAC in the Belgo building and “Artifice”, organised by the Saidye Bronfman Centre in public places in downtown Montréal in 1998, “Partly Human” at Galeria d’Arte Moderno in Guadalaraja and “Temistocles” in Mexico City in 1994. His video installations include “Multiple Horizon”, 1999, presented at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and “The Conversation”, 1997, at OPTICA gallery.

Bibliographie
- Corriveau, Thomas, «David Blatherwick. OPTICA, Montréal, 14 avril–20 mai», Para-para, octobre-novembre-décembre 2000, p.6.
- Crevier, Lyne, «Michel Goulet et The Interior of a minute, Portée de mots. Tëte en bas», Ici, 27 avril - 4 mai 2000, p.47.
- Lamarche, Bernard, «Un tête-à-tête compulsif», Le Devoir, 6-7 mai 2000, p.D6. - Mavrikakis, Nicolas, «Sens dessus dessous», Voir, 11-17 mai 2000, p.82.
- McLeod, Dayna, «Turning Heads. David Blatherwick takes on gravity», Hour, 4-10 mai 2000, p.33.