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Eva Brandl
From March 7th 1984 to March 31st 1984
The Golden Gates

“The sculpture/installation concerns a setting of objects and images in collision which produces a series of interlocking ambiguities. “The Golden Gates” has been partially influenced by the linguistic structure encountered in Marguerite Duras’ novels. This involves the shaping of visual utterance within a process of deconstruction followed by an attempt to reconcile opposites. The encounter with the work is a climatic one, and thrives on tension.

I fragment, suspend and recombine many aspects of my experience. Each one is a straight linear story; but I don’t experience reality that way. I am interested in creating occurrences, which seem comforting at first and simultaneously disturb the order of things.

“The Golden Gates” explores narrative tension through accumulation of sensations. It proposes a situation with an imminent sense of event; through this the work derives its meaning.

The distinctive setting is not site specific in terms of integrating the elements into the existing architecture; rather, the architecture acts as a frame for the staging of a dramatic event.”
- Eva Brandl

I am shaping horizons in front of your eyes. The play is in relation to itself. It won’t move. You have all the time to watch the parts and how they fit together. I am making a landscape behind your eyes.
- Matthew Maguire, "The Language of Sight"
- Press release (Optica)

Eva Brandl was born in Germany in 1951. She has been living and working in Montreal since 1974. After a year of studies in scenography at the Conservatoire in Québec City, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Laval University and completed her graduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She has exhibited consistently in Québec and has participated in several shows across Canada. “The Golden Gates” is her second installation work to be located in a warehouse space adjacent to her Clark Street studio.