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Nelson Henricks
From March 2nd 2001 to April 7th 2001
FUZZYFACE

"Within all great art there is a WILD animal: tamed."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Part of a series of installation works, "FUZZYFACE" explores the interval between images and the meanings produced there. When comparing two things (images, pieces of music, texts, etc.) we become conscious of what moves between them: meanings which are difficult to articulate as they lie at the very limits of language. "FUZZYFACE" juxtaposes two images in order to produce a ghostly third meaning, and attempts to materialize this immaterial "ghost" in the form of a video image.

"[...] the relationship between a musical score and a performance cannot be grasped causally (as though we find, mysteriously, that a certain score causes us to play in a certain way), nor can the rules that connect the two be exhaustively described -- for, given a certain interpretation, any playing can be made to accord with a score. Eventually, we just have to "see the rule in the relations between playing and score". If we cannot see it, no amount of explanation is going to make it comprehensible; if we can, there comes a point where explanations are superfluous -- we do not need any kind of fundamental explanation."
- Ray Monk,Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius.

Nelson Henricks was born in Bow Island, Alberta and is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art (1986). He moved to Montréal in 1991, where he received a BFA from Concordia University (1994). Henricks continues to live and work in Montréal, where he teaches at Concordia University, also at McGill University (2001) and at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1999). A musician, writer, curator and artist, Henricks is best known for his videotapes, which have been exhibited worldwide. A focus on his video work was recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as part of the "Video Viewpoints" series. His writings have been published in Fuse, Public, Coil magazines, and in the anthologies So, To Speak (Éditions Artextes, 1999) and Lux (YYZ Press, 2000). Henricks coedited an anthology of artist's video scripts entitled By the Skin of Their Tongues (YYZ Press, 1997) with Steve Reinke. He has just completed a new video entitled Planetarium.

Bibliographie
- Crévier, Lyne, «Autoportrait au chat», Ici, 29 mars - 5 avril 2001, p.42.
- Lebeau, Wesley, «The animal in us», The Link, 27 mars 2001, p.9.
- Mavrikakis, Nicolas, «Portrait de l'artiste en écorché vif», Voir, 29 mars - 4 avril 2001, p.58.
- Mcleod, Dayna, «Lightness of Being», Hour, 5-11 avril 2001, p.26.
- Rochefort, Jean-Claude, «L'artiste en proie à ses démons», Le Devoir, 24-25 mars 2001, p.C9.