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Toby MacLennan
From November 8th 1983 to November 26th 1983
The Absence of a Hole

"The film/sculpture installation concerns a person who sets out on the process of inventing their own life. In their quest for knowledge is the realization that their culture does not consider this commodity of value and therefore can give no clues as to its acquisition. If one is to come to a significant sense of their own life at all, it will be entirely through their own innovation. This installation documents this experiment."
- Toby MacLennan

"To say that Toby MacLennan’s work integrates striking verbal and visual metaphor to reveal the relationship between things and between subject and object does not capture its distinctive quality. Admittedly these revealed relationships often turn ordinary perceptions on their heads and instil a sense of wonder that revitalizes the world around us- the world of spoon and cups no less than the landscape of night and ocean waves…"

The extraordinary distinction of MacLennan’s compositions is that they compel us to care about the connections she forges and the edges she blurs. When a stone teaches us about movement, and a chair about curiosity and a seashell about human desire, her images are no longer finite spectator events.
- Sheila MacIntire, publication by the Centre for Inter-American Relations, New York.
- Press release (Optica)

Toby MacLennan, who now lives in Toronto, has presented her performances, films, installations, and writings in many Canadian and American centres since the early 70’s.